Food label use, self-selectivity, and diet quality

Sung Yong Kim, Rodolfo M. Nayga, Jr, Oral Capps

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Food labels provide measurable benefits by improving diet quality of Americans by as much as four to six points on a 100-point Healthy Eating Index scale. Among nutritional panels, serving sizes, nutrient content claims, list of ingredients, and health claims, the use of health claims on food labels provides the highest level of improvement in diet quality. The data source for this analysis is the 1994 to 1996 Continuing Survey of Food Intakes for Individuals (CSFII) and the accompanying Diet and Health Knowledge Survey (DHKS).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)346-363
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Consumer Affairs
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2001 Dec 1
Externally publishedYes


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • Economics and Econometrics

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Kim, S. Y., Nayga, Jr, R. M., & Capps, O. (2001). Food label use, self-selectivity, and diet quality. Journal of Consumer Affairs, 35(2), 346-363.