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Title: Evaluation of the accurateness of the nutritional labels of processed and ultra-processed products available in supermarkets of Ecuador
Authors: Abril Ulloa, Sandra Victoria
Morales Avilez, Diana Elizabeth
Cruz Casarrubias, Carlos
Tolentino Mayo, Lizbeth
Encalada Torres, Lorena Esperanza
metadata.dc.ucuenca.correspondencia: Abril Ulloa, Sandra Victoria, victoria.abril@ucuenca.edu.ec
Keywords: SweetenersTraffic light label
Nutrition label
Obesity
Ultra processed products
metadata.dc.ucuenca.areaconocimientofrascatiamplio: 3. Ciencias Médicas y de la Salud
metadata.dc.ucuenca.areaconocimientofrascatidetallado: 3.3.4 Nutrición
metadata.dc.ucuenca.areaconocimientofrascatiespecifico: 3.3 Ciencias de la Salud
metadata.dc.ucuenca.areaconocimientounescoamplio: 09 - Salud y Bienestar
metadata.dc.ucuenca.areaconocimientounescodetallado: 0912 - Medicina
metadata.dc.ucuenca.areaconocimientounescoespecifico: 091 - Salud
Issue Date: 2020
metadata.dc.ucuenca.volumen: Volume 12, Issue 11
metadata.dc.source: Nutrients
metadata.dc.identifier.doi: 10.3390/nu12113481
metadata.dc.type: ARTÍCULO
Abstract: 
Nutrition labeling is a public health tool that allows consumers to choose healthier foods and beverages. For this reason, there are protocols in place to monitor the food environment. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the consistency of nutrition labeling on packages for processed and ultra-processed products (UPPs) found at the main supermarkets in Cuenca, Ecuador. We conducted a descriptive cross-sectional study in which we identified label components on the packages of 1725 foods and beverages—including the nutrition table, statement on sweeteners, ingredient list, and the traffic light (TL) label—and determined the degree of consistency between the indicators reported on the traffic light label and those obtained from the information in the nutrition table. We found that 24% of products had inconsistencies in the traffic light label, and 10.9% of products had inconsistencies in the indicator for sugar specifically. The majority of inconsistencies were in the medium indicators for sugar (K = 0.68) and fat (0.75). The products with a medium indicator for sugar had a 1.98 (p < 0.05, 95% CI 1.15, 3.39) times higher chance of having inconsistencies in comparison with the low indicator. Health authorities must create new guidelines to allow for continued monitoring of the nutrition and traffic light labels on products accessible to consumers.
URI: http://dspace.ucuenca.edu.ec/handle/123456789/35554
https://www.scopus.com/inward/record.uri?eid=2-s2.0-85096348555&doi=10.3390%2fnu12113481&partnerID=40&md5=553307a47d4f17dfba8ddbff4dd8448a
metadata.dc.ucuenca.urifuente: https://www.mdpi.com/journal/nutrients
ISSN: 2072-6643
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