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A comparison of sodium contents on nutrition information labels of foods with and without nutrition claims marketed in Brazil

A comparison of sodium contents on nutrition information labels of foods with and without... PurposeTo compare the sodium content displayed on the labels of conventional processed food products (C) and of those with nutrition claims suggesting the absence or reduced levels of nutrients (AR). Design/methodology/approachCross-sectional study analyzing the ingredients list, nutrition facts and nutrition claims on food labels. Subjects: All processed food products with added salt or additives containing sodium that were for sale in a large supermarket in Brazil from October to December 2011. FindingsAll 3,449 products were analysed and categorized into 66 groups according to Brazilian legislation. The median of sodium content in the AR was 42.7% higher than in the C (P=0.007). In 33.3% of the groups there was difference in sodium content between AR and C (p<0.05) and in 68.2% of these the sodium content was higher in AR. The variation range of sodium in products from the same group reached 2,905.0mg in C and 1,712.0mg in AR. Even when the median of sodium was lower in the AR, the minimum sodium values were lower in the C.Originality/valueComparisons of sodium content of conventional and AR processed food are scarce in the literature, especially covering all food for sale in a large supermarket. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first census making this comparisons in Latin America. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png British Food Journal Emerald Publishing

A comparison of sodium contents on nutrition information labels of foods with and without nutrition claims marketed in Brazil

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Emerald Publishing
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Copyright © Emerald Group Publishing Limited
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0007-070X
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10.1108/BFJ-09-2015-0325
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Abstract

PurposeTo compare the sodium content displayed on the labels of conventional processed food products (C) and of those with nutrition claims suggesting the absence or reduced levels of nutrients (AR). Design/methodology/approachCross-sectional study analyzing the ingredients list, nutrition facts and nutrition claims on food labels. Subjects: All processed food products with added salt or additives containing sodium that were for sale in a large supermarket in Brazil from October to December 2011. FindingsAll 3,449 products were analysed and categorized into 66 groups according to Brazilian legislation. The median of sodium content in the AR was 42.7% higher than in the C (P=0.007). In 33.3% of the groups there was difference in sodium content between AR and C (p<0.05) and in 68.2% of these the sodium content was higher in AR. The variation range of sodium in products from the same group reached 2,905.0mg in C and 1,712.0mg in AR. Even when the median of sodium was lower in the AR, the minimum sodium values were lower in the C.Originality/valueComparisons of sodium content of conventional and AR processed food are scarce in the literature, especially covering all food for sale in a large supermarket. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first census making this comparisons in Latin America.

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British Food JournalEmerald Publishing

Published: Jul 4, 2016

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