US consumers pay less attention to food labels
According to a study by USDA's Economic Research Service, in comparison to
10 years ago, US consumers are not paying as much attention to nutrition
information on food labels.
Information use changes by category:
- use declined 11% for the ingredient list
- use declined 10%
for information about calories, fat, cholesterol, and sodium
declined about 3% for nutrition facts
- use remained unchanged for
information about sugars
- use increased by 2% for fibre information
The decrease in use of labels was biggest for individuals aged 20 to 29
years old, those with no education beyond high school and those who spoke
primarily Spanish, a group that increased from 2% to 6% of the population over
the 10 year period.
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