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[Knowledge of nutrition labelling in general population. Assessment surveys conducted in La Paz University Hospital in Madrid during the 9th "National Nutrition Day 2010"].
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  21519735     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
INTRODUCTION: Nutrition labelling (NL) provides information on the energy and nutrients in a food and it represents a valuable tool to help consumers make informed decisions about their diet and lifestyle. However, little is known about how consumers perceive the nutrition labelling information.
OBJECTIVES: Evaluate the knowledge of NL of a population survey and examine aspects such as attention, reading, understanding and utility.
MATERIAL AND METHODS: 200 volunteers were interviewed about NL on National Nutrition Day (NND) on May 28, 2010 at the La Paz University Hospital in Madrid. The questionnaire was self-administered and this contained 10 closed multiple choice questions.
RESULTS: The surveyed group (66.7% women and 33.3% men) had a mean age of 42.0 ± 15 years and a BMI of 24.1 ± 3.8 kg/m². A percentage of 86.5% had completed secondary and higher education. The concept about NL was knocked by 77.1% of them. This percentage was significantly higher according to the level of their studies (primary 7.1%, secondary 32.1% and higher studies 60.9%; p < 0.0001) and also regarding the age range (42.3% vs. 25% of over that 50, p < 0.05). 73.8% always or almost always readied NL; 67.7% of those who declared that always readied were women and 71% had higher education. 53.8% of people over 50 years were not capable of reading labels due to the small letters. The most interesting information for the consumers was: calories (61%), fats (39%) and cholesterol (25.7%). Nutritional concepts questions had a low percentage of right answers, especially in volunteers with lower level of education and among older age groups.
CONCLUSIONS: Results show that consumers have a low level of nutrition information that would enable a better choice to purchase food. Nutrition education is needed should be necessary to NL had a significant impact on the foods election. Therefore, this fact could contribute to the maintenance of health and disease prevention.
V Loria Kohen; A Pérez Torres; C Fernández Fernández; M Villarino Sanz; D Rodríguez Durán; L Zurita Rosa; L Bermejo López; C Gómez Candela
Publication Detail:
Type:  English Abstract; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Nutrición hospitalaria     Volume:  26     ISSN:  1699-5198     ISO Abbreviation:  Nutr Hosp     Publication Date:    2011 Jan-Feb
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-04-26     Completed Date:  2011-09-01     Revised Date:  2013-07-02    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9100365     Medline TA:  Nutr Hosp     Country:  Spain    
Other Details:
Languages:  spa     Pagination:  97-106     Citation Subset:  IM    
Unidad de Nutrición Clínica y Dietética, Hospital Universitario La Paz, Madrid, España.
Vernacular Title:
Análisis de las encuestas sobre etiquetado nutricional realizadas en el Hospital La Paz de Madrid durante la 9ª edición del "Día Nacional de la Nutrición (DNN) 2010".
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MeSH Terms
Age Factors
Data Collection
Food Labeling*
Health Education*
Middle Aged
Nutrition Surveys
Sex Factors
Young Adult

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