Women weigh less when they read Food Nutrition Labels

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(Best Syndication News) - A study found that women who read the food nutrition labels weighed almost nine pounds less than those who did not. The researchers from the University of Santiago de Compostela used data from the US women consumers to determine their findings. Additionally, the University of Tennessee, Arkansas (USA) and the Norwegian Institute for Agricultural Finance Research also participated in the study.

What the researchers found is that the women who read the labels had a body mass index (BMI) rating that was 1.49 point less than those who would never look at the package nutrition information while shopping.

The study data came from the annual National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) that is conducted by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. There were around 25,640 notes on the participants’ health, eating, and shopping habits. One of the survey questions involved if they read the nutritional information on the package when they are shopping for groceries and how often they did this.

The researchers used the label reading information and compared this against the participants’ weight and BMI. They also found that people who smoked did not pay as close attention to food labels. Conversely, the participants who read the label the most (49% of the sample) lived in the city.

The study found that 58 percent of the men surveyed read the nutritional labels regularly. However, 74 percent of the women surveyed monitored the package nutrition as a habit. This is reflected in the BMI ratings being better for women than for men. Women who read the labels had a BMI of 1.48 points lower, while men had BMI reductions of only 0.12 points.

The study results were published in the Agricultural Economics journal.

By: Marsha Quinn
Health Reporter

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