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Food label use and its relation to dietary intake among US adults.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  20656100     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Rates of diet-related chronic disease combined with the lack of current data on patterns of food label use by the US population warrant re-examination of the use and potential influence of this public health tool. The purpose of this study was to describe the prevalence of food label use and the association between food label use and nutrient intake in a nationally representative sample of US adults who participated in the 2005-2006 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. Data on food label use were collected during the interview portion of the survey, and nutrient intake was estimated using the average of two 24-hour dietary recalls. In this sample, 61.6% of participants reported using the Nutrition Facts panel, 51.6% looked at the list of ingredients, 47.2% looked at serving size, and 43.8% reviewed health claims at least sometimes when deciding to purchase a food product. There were significant differences (P<0.05) in food label use across all demographic characteristics examined. Significant differences (P<0.05) in mean nutrient intake of total energy, total fat, saturated fat, cholesterol, sodium, dietary fiber, and sugars were observed between food label users and non-users with label users reporting healthier nutrient consumption. The greatest differences observed were for total energy and fat and for use of specific nutrient information on the food label. Despite food label use being associated with improved dietary factors, label use alone is not expected to be sufficient in modifying behavior ultimately leading to improved health outcomes.
Nicholas Jay Ollberding; Randi L Wolf; Isobel Contento
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of the American Dietetic Association     Volume:  110     ISSN:  1878-3570     ISO Abbreviation:  J Am Diet Assoc     Publication Date:  2010 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-07-26     Completed Date:  2010-08-19     Revised Date:  2014-01-10    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7503061     Medline TA:  J Am Diet Assoc     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1233-7     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
Copyright Information:
2010 American Dietetic Association. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
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MeSH Terms
Aged, 80 and over
Attitude to Health
Decision Making
Diet / standards*
Dietary Fats / administration & dosage
Dietary Fiber / administration & dosage
Dietary Sucrose / administration & dosage
Energy Intake
Food Labeling*
Health Behavior*
Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice*
Mental Recall
Middle Aged
Nutrition Surveys
Obesity / prevention & control
Young Adult
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Dietary Fats; 0/Dietary Sucrose
Republished in:
J Am Diet Assoc. 2011 May;111(5 Suppl):S47-51   [PMID:  21515135 ]

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