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NewsBites May 2010 Issue

More Americans Checking Nutrition Labels

If you’re reading this, you’re not alone—Americans are thinking more about food and health and, in general, know more about nutrition and prevention of chronic disease. A newly released survey by the US Food and Drug Admini stration (FDA) reports that the percentage of people who say they read the nutrition label before buying a product for the first time increased from 44% in 2002 to 54% in 2008. Nearly half of the more than 2,500 adults surveyed said such label information had changed their decision to buy or use a product. On the other hand, 56% said they didn’t believe such front-of-package claims as “low fat” or “high fiber.”

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