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Product variety in Australian snacks and drinks: how can the consumer make a healthy choice?
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  18096104     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: To estimate the proportion of snack food and beverage choices available to an Australian consumer. DESIGN: A survey of product Nutrition Information Panels (NIP) and product labels on snack foods and beverages offered for sale. Data on nutrient content were compared with criteria from different nutrient profile systems to estimate the proportion of items conforming to a choice. SETTING: A large supermarket in metropolitan Melbourne, Australia. RESULTS: A consumer could choose from 1,070 different snack foods and 863 different drinks. Flavour variety was more common in snacks (maximum thirteen per product) while variation in container size was more common for drinks (up to ten per product). Recommended serving size for snacks varied greatly (1822 % of snack foods presented for sale could be deemed by multiple criteria. Similarly, only 14 healthy healthier' snack foods and beverages, e.g. by reformulation of many products by the food industry and their presentation in smaller, standardised portion-size packaging.
Karen Z Walker; Julie L Woods; Cassie A Rickard; Carrie K Wong
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't     Date:  2007-12-21
Journal Detail:
Title:  Public health nutrition     Volume:  11     ISSN:  1368-9800     ISO Abbreviation:  Public Health Nutr     Publication Date:  2008 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-09-03     Completed Date:  2008-11-13     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9808463     Medline TA:  Public Health Nutr     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1046-53     Citation Subset:  IM    
Nutrition and Dietetics Unit, Department of Medicine, Monash University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
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MeSH Terms
Beverages / standards*
Eating / physiology
Energy Intake / physiology*
Food Analysis / standards*
Food Industry / standards*
Food Labeling / standards*
Food Packaging
Food Preferences
Health Food / standards
Health Promotion
Legislation, Food
Nutritive Value
Obesity / prevention & control

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