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No Fat, No Sugar, No Salt . . . No Problem? Prevalence of “Low-Content” Nutrient Claims and Their Associations with the Nutritional Profile of Food and Beverage Purchases in the United States

Citation

Taillie, Lindsey Smith; Ng, Shu Wen; Xue, Ya; Busey, Emily A.; & Harding, Matthew C. (2017). No Fat, No Sugar, No Salt . . . No Problem? Prevalence of “Low-Content” Nutrient Claims and Their Associations with the Nutritional Profile of Food and Beverage Purchases in the United States. Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 117(9), 1366-74.e6. PMCID: PMC5573644

Abstract

Background: Nutrient claims are a commonly used marketing tactic, but the association between claims and nutritional quality of products is unknown. The objective of this study was to examine trends in the proportion of packaged food and beverage purchases with a nutrient claim, whether claims are associated with improved nutritional profile, and whether the proportion of purchases with claims differs by race/ethnicity or socioeconomic status.
Methods: This cross-sectional study examined nutrient claims on more than 80 million food and beverage purchases from a transaction-level database of 40,000 US households from 2008 to 2012.

URL

http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jand.2017.01.011

Reference Type

Journal Article

Year Published

2017

Journal Title

Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

Author(s)

Taillie, Lindsey Smith
Ng, Shu Wen
Xue, Ya
Busey, Emily A.
Harding, Matthew C.

PMCID

PMC5573644