Shoppers who read food labels are thinner, study says

September 17, 2012 3:05:21 PM PDT
Are you watching your weight? Reading food labels could help you stay thinner.

A new study finds people -- particularly women -- who read food labels while they shop for groceries are thinner than people who don't. In fact women who checked nutrition labels weighed what amounted to nearly 9 pounds less than those who didn't.

Nutrition labels tell consumers how many calories are contained in a food portion as well as levels of sodium, fats, sugars and more.

Authors of the study in the Journal Agricultural Economics say campaigns and public policy can be designed to promote the use of nutritional labeling on menus at restaurants and other public establishment.

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