An Objective Measure of Nutrition Facts Panel Usage andNutrient Quality of Food Choice

Dustin Nelson, Dan Graham, Lisa J Harnack

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Objective: The relationship between time viewing nutrition information and nutrient quality of foods chosen in a food selection task was objectively evaluated through direct observation using an eye-tracking camera. Methods: A total of 202 participants' food choices were scored for nutrient density. Multivariate linear regression analysis was conducted with mean nutrient density of foods selected regressed on mean label viewing time and participants' sociodemographic characteristics. Results: Label viewing time was not significantly associated with nutrient density food score. A significant relationship emerged between the covariate, age, and mean nutrient density food score such that mean nutrient density scores were higher for older participants compared with younger ones (. P=.04). Foods selected by males had a higher mean nutrient density score than foods selected by females (. P = .03). Conclusions and Implications: Findings suggest that those who spend more time viewing nutrition facts panels during a single shopping trip may not select more nutritious foods.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)589-594
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Nutrition Education and Behavior
Issue number6
StatePublished - Nov 1 2014

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Funding for this research was provided by the University of Minnesota's Obesity Prevention Center . Portions of the article were taken from the first author's master's thesis.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2014 Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior.


  • Eye tracking
  • Food labeling
  • Nutrition policy


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