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Use of nutritional information in Canada: national trends between 2004 and 2008.
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PMID:  21906548     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
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.
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.
Department of Health Studies, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.
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MeSH Terms
Food Habits
Food Labeling / trends*
Health Behavior*
Information Dissemination / methods*
Longitudinal Studies
Middle Aged
Nutrition Surveys
Nutritive Value
Grant Support
//Canadian Institutes of Health Research

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