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USDA: Adults Using Food Labels Consume Less Calories
USAgNet - 11/15/2019

As part of the Federal Government's National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, respondents are asked whether they see nutrition or health information on fast-food and full-service restaurant menus.

If the answer is "yes," respondents are also asked whether they use that information to decide which foods to buy.

ERS researchers compared daily calorie intakes of adults who saw and used the menu information with intakes of adults who noticed the information but chose not to use it.

Because information users may differ from nonusers in other ways, ERS researchers also adjusted intakes for differences in socio-demographic characteristics and interview-related factors (e.g., whether intake occurred on a weekday or weekend).

Even after accounting for such differences, ERS analysis of NHANES data from 2007-14 reveals that restaurant menu label users consumed 167-180 fewer calories per day than nonusers consumed-a calorie intake gap that is 8 to 9 percent of a 2,000-calorie reference diet.

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