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Health Risk Factors and Their Effect on Consumers' Use of Nutrition Facts Panels

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It is particularly important for consumers with specific diseases to attend to appropriate nutrient data in the Nutrition Facts Panel (NFP). Results for participants 45 years or older show that (1) consumers diagnosed with both high blood pressure and high cholesterol are more likely to access sodium and cholesterol NFP information than consumers with only one or neither condition, and (2) there are few differences in attention to less well-publicized but relevant nutrients. The results show a greater need for at-risk consumers to attend to negative (e.g., trans fat) and positive nutrients (fiber) associated with their specific health condition.

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