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09 June 2011

Dieters trust food labels

Dieters are more likely than non-dieters to be misled by food names, a new study says.

Dieters are more likely than non-dieters to be misled by food names, a new study says. For example, dieters rated food items with names such as "salad" as being healthier than identical products with names such as "pasta," while non-dieters made no such distinctions.

The findings from the study of more than 520 people suggest that dieters rely on food names to identify supposedly healthy foods, Irmak explained. Instead, dieters need to focus on reading nutritional information on food products and restaurant menus.

 
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