Consumer Perception of the Healthfulness of Ultra-processed Products Featuring Different Front-of-Pack Nutrition Labeling Schemes

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Consumer Perception of the Healthfulness of Ultra-processed Products Featuring Different Front-of-Pack Nutrition Labeling Schemes

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NUTRICION
ALIMENTOS ULTRAPROCESADOS
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BIBLIOGRAFIA NACIONAL QUIMICA
2017

Abstract

To examine the influence of front-of-pack nutrition information on the perception of healthfulness of ultra-processed products across 2 income levels. DESIGN: A between-participants design was used to compare healthfulness perception of ultra-processed products featuring different front-of-pack nutrition information schemes (guideline daily amount system, traffic light system, and monochromatic traffic light system). PARTICIPANTS: A total of 300 people (aged 18-70 years, 75% female) from Montevideo, Uruguay, participated in the study; half were middle- or high-income people and the other half were low-income people. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Participants were shown the labels of each product and asked to rate their perceived healthfulness and the frequency with which each product should be consumed. ANALYSIS: Results were analyzed using analysis of variance for statistical significance (P < .05). RESULTS: Low-income participants perceived ultra-processed products to be significantly (P < .05) more healthful than did middle- and high-income participants. The lowest perceived healthfulness scores for low-income participants were obtained for products featuring the colored and monochromatic traffic light system whereas no significant differences (P > .05) among schemes were found for middle- and high-income participants. CONCLUSIONS AND IMPLICATIONS: Nutrition education programs aimed at increasing low-income people's knowledge of the nutritional composition of these products and their potential negative effects on health seem to be necessary. Although the inclusion of semidirective front-of-pack nutrition information decreased the perceived healthfulness of low-income people, it seemed unlikely to influence how they perceive these products. Copyright © 2016 Society for Nutrition Education

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Machín, Leandro
Cabrera, Manuel
Curutchet, María Rosa
Martínez, Joseline

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Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior  v. 49, no. 4, 2017. -- p. 330-339

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Elsevier

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2017

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DOI: 10.1016/j.jneb.2016.12.003

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December 1, 2017
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Machín, Leandro, “Consumer Perception of the Healthfulness of Ultra-processed Products Featuring Different Front-of-Pack Nutrition Labeling Schemes,” RIQUIM - Repositorio Institucional de la Facultad de Química - UdelaR, accessed December 13, 2017, http://riquim.fq.edu.uy/items/show/4793.
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