Table 2

Nutrition awareness and label reading behaviors in Us adolescents
Variable

Yes or Always

% (CI)

Sometimes

% (CI)

No or Rarely/Never

% (CI)

Awareness of Federal Nutrition Programs (n=1160)
Heard of Dietary Guidelines 29.3 (25.1-33.8) 70.7 (66.2-74.9)
Heard of Food Pyramid 92.4 (89.8-94.4) 7.6 (5.6-10.3)
Heard of 5-a-day Health Program 43.5 (38.1-49.6) 56.2 (50.4-61.9)
Nutrition Label Reading Behaviors (n=1160)
Use Nutrition Facts Panel 16.7 (13.4-20.7) 20.4 (16.5-24.9) 62.4 (58.7-65.9)
Use Ingredient List on Food Label 9.0 (6.4-12.1) 16.1 (13.0-19.7) 74.5 (70.2-78.4)
Use Serving Size on Food Label 11.2 (8.9-14.0) 19.7 (16.4-23.5) 68.8 (65.4-72.0)
Use Health Claims on Food Package 9.3 (6.0-14.0) 18.2 (14.5-22.6) 71.8 (67.2-76.1)
Specific Nutrition Facts Reading Behaviors (n=742)
Check Calories on Food Label 16.0 (13.5-18.8) 26.5 (22.7-30.7) 49.1 (43.9-54.4)
Check Calories from Fat on Food Label 23.7 (18.4-29.9) 25.4 (22.0-29.0) 50.1 (45.6-56.4)
Check Total Fat on Food Labels 26.5 (21.8-31.7) 24.2 (19.1-30.3) 49.3 (43.5-55.2)
Check Trans Fat on Food Labels 16.4 (11.6-22.6) 20.5 (16.5-25.2) 63.2 (56.8-69.1)
Check Saturated Fat on Food Labels 17.9 (14.1-22.4) 22.9 (18.5-27.9) 59.2 (51.6-66.4)
Check Cholesterol on Food Labels 13.0 (9.0-18.3) 26.6 (22.4-31.3) 60.4 (54.0-66.5)
Check Sodium on Food Labels 13.3 (10.4-17.0) 20.4 (17.4-23.7) 66.3 (61.6-70.7)
Check Carbohydrates on Food Labels 21.8 (18.0-26.1) 25.8 (20.7-31.5) 52.5 (47.0-57.9)
Check Fiber on Food Labels 10.8 (9.0-13.3) 23.6 (19.7-28.0) 65.6 (61.5-69.6)
Check Sugars on Food Labels 21.6 (16.4-27.9) 26.3 (22.4-30.7) 52.1 (44.6-59.5)

Wojcicki and Heyman

Wojcicki and Heyman BMC Pediatrics 2012 12:55   doi:10.1186/1471-2431-12-55

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