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The relationship between price, amounts of saturated and trans fats, and nutrient content claims on margarines and oils.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  16332300     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
PURPOSE: Modifications to the amount and type of fat in the diet are recommended as strategies to help reduce heart disease risk. Individuals can choose from a variety of margarines and oils to alter their intakes of different types of fats, and nutrient content claims on product labels (e.g., 'low in saturated fat') can help them quickly identify healthful products. However, margarines and oils vary in price. METHODS: To examine the relationship between the price and amounts of saturated and trans fats in margarines and oils, and the relationship between price and the presence of nutrient content claims, price and label information were recorded for margarines (n=229) and oils (n=342) sold in the major supermarkets within the Greater Toronto Area. RESULTS: Linear regression analysis revealed a negative relationship between the price and amounts of saturated fat and trans fats in margarines, but not in oils. Margarines with a nutrient content claim were significantly more expensive than were those without a claim. CONCLUSIONS: The findings for margarines are of particular concern for lower income groups for whom budgetary constraints result in the purchase of lower priced foods, and also raise important questions about the usefulness of nutrient content claims in guiding food selections.
Laurie Ricciuto; Hedy Ip; Valerie Tarasuk
Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Canadian journal of dietetic practice and research : a publication of Dietitians of Canada = Revue canadienne de la pratique et de la recherche en di?t?tique : une publication des Di?t?tistes du Canada     Volume:  66     ISSN:  1486-3847     ISO Abbreviation:  Can J Diet Pract Res     Publication Date:  2005  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2005-12-07     Completed Date:  2006-01-03     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9811151     Medline TA:  Can J Diet Pract Res     Country:  Canada    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  252-5     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Nutritional Sciences, University of Toronto, ON.
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MeSH Terms
Costs and Cost Analysis
Fatty Acids / analysis*,  chemistry
Food Labeling
Health Food
Health Promotion
Linear Models
Margarine / analysis*,  economics*
Oils / analysis*,  economics*
Trans Fatty Acids / analysis,  chemistry
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Fatty Acids; 0/Oils; 0/Trans Fatty Acids; 8029-82-1/Margarine

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