Knowledge Over Food's Nutritional Value Linked To Healthy Eating Habits, Study Suggests

Research shows that knowledge over food's nutritional content  is associated with healthy eating habits.

A study from the Universite Laval's Maurice Doyon states that the rate of obesity among the French are higher than their American counterparts. This means that people who have more knowledge over what they eat are more conscious about the foods nutritional value.

Dr. Doyon and his team examined over 300 French, Quebec, and American consumers about what they know about their food's nutritional value. These questions mainly focused on dietary fat among various food products and their recommended dietary intake as well.

The findings were:

Knowledge Over Food's Nutritional Value Linked To Healthy Eating Habits, Study Suggests1. French participants had the lowest knowledge over food's nutritional value (43 per cent of the questions they did not know what to answer), followed by the Quebec respondents (12 per cent) and the Americans ( only 4 per cent), respectively.  This meant that the french participants did not know the percentage of fat in whole milk, as compared to the Quebecs and the Americans.

2. When answering the questions, American participants were almost always right as compared to the Quebecs and the French.

According to Professor Doyon, although there is a note saying the food's nutritional content, most people (preferably the consumers) don't read it.

The correlation between extensive knowledge over nutritional value and high obesity rates suggests that putting detailed information on the food produce may not be the best strategy to encourage healthy eating habits.

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