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Use of nutritional information in Canada: national trends between 2004 and 2008.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  21906548     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
OBJECTIVE: To examine longitudinal trends in use of nutrition information among Canadians.
DESIGN: Population-based telephone and Internet surveys.
SETTING AND PARTICIPANTS: Representative samples of Canadian adults recruited with random-digit dialing sampling in 2004 (n = 2,405) and 2006 (n = 2,014) and an online commercial panel in 2008 (n = 2,001).
MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Sociodemographic predictors of label use, use of nutrition information sources, and nutrient content information.
ANALYSIS: Linear and logistic regression models to examine predictors and changes over time.
RESULTS: Food product labels were the most common source of nutritional information in 2008 (67%), followed by the Internet (51%) and magazines/newspapers (43%). The Internet was the only source to significantly increase during the study period (odds ratio = 1.39; P < .001); however, the frequency of reading food product labels increased since 2004. Food selection based on trans fat increased significantly in 2006 (odds ratio = 1.43; P < .001) after mandatory labeling of trans fat on packaged foods. Taste and nutrition were consistently the primary factors guiding food choice.
CONCLUSIONS AND IMPLICATIONS: Food product labels and the Internet are nutrition information sources with broad reach. More comprehensive labeling regulations were associated with increased use of labels and nutrient information over time.
Authors:
Samantha Goodman; David Hammond; Francy Pillo-Blocka; Theresa Glanville; Richard Jenkins
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of nutrition education and behavior     Volume:  43     ISSN:  1878-2620     ISO Abbreviation:  J Nutr Educ Behav     Publication Date:    2011 Sep-Oct
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-09-12     Completed Date:  2011-12-14     Revised Date:  2013-01-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101132622     Medline TA:  J Nutr Educ Behav     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  356-65     Citation Subset:  IM    
Copyright Information:
Copyright © 2011 Society for Nutrition Education. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Affiliation:
Department of Health Studies, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.
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MeSH Terms
Descriptor/Qualifier:
Adolescent
Adult
Aged
Canada
Female
Food Habits
Food Labeling / trends*
Health Behavior*
Humans
Information Dissemination / methods*
Internet
Longitudinal Studies
Male
Middle Aged
Nutrition Surveys
Nutritive Value
Grant Support
ID/Acronym/Agency:
//Canadian Institutes of Health Research

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