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Food label use by older Americans: data from the Continuing Survey of Food Intakes by Individuals and the Diet and Health Knowledge Survey 1994-96.
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PMID:  15339719     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
This study examined older Americans' use of food labels as a tool to moderate dietary risk factors for heart disease. Data from the USDA's Continuing Survey of Food Intakes by Individual (CSFII) 1994- 96 and the Diet and Health Knowledge Survey (DHKS) from 2,846 respondents aged 51 years and older was used. Indices were constructed to measure and correlate dietary intake, label use and understanding, and health status data. Understanding and use of food labels was lower among older age groups, while heart-related health problems increased. Use of food labels and percent energy intake from fat were inversely related (P < 0.01). Older Americans would benefit from education on food label use and interpretation to decrease their dietary risk factors for heart disease.
Janet F Macon; Mary Jane Oakland; Helen H Jensen; Philip A Kissack
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of nutrition for the elderly     Volume:  24     ISSN:  0163-9366     ISO Abbreviation:  J Nutr Elder     Publication Date:  2004  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2004-09-01     Completed Date:  2004-11-09     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8208739     Medline TA:  J Nutr Elder     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  35-52     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition, Iowa State University, 220 MacKay Hall, Ames, IA, 50011, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Aged, 80 and over
Dietary Fats / administration & dosage*
Food Labeling*
Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice*
Heart Diseases / diet therapy*,  epidemiology
Middle Aged
Nutrition Surveys
Risk Factors
United States / epidemiology
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Dietary Fats

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