Shoppers & Nutrition: Recent Research

Eating healthier is something we all aspire to do, and many of our decisions about how well we’ll eat are made in the grocery store. What choices are making? How do these choices impact their health? We’ve pulled together a few articles that offer a snapshot of the state of nutrition and food shopping.

Guiding Stars at MaineGeneral

Reading Food Labels Helps Shoppers Stay Thinner

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Study Done By:
Steven T. Yen of the Institute of Agriculture’s Department of Agricultural and Research Economics

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Bottom Line:
On average, women who read food labels while shopping for groceries weigh 9 pounds less than women who don’t.

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Consumers Focusing on Healthier Foods

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Study Done By:
International Dairy-Deli-Bakery Association

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Bottom Line:
Shoppers are eating healthier by eating at home and are making more frequent but smaller grocery purchases.

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Consumers Buy Healthier Foods For Themselves

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Study Done By:
Juliano Laran of the University of Miami

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Bottom Line:
Consumers tend to buy more junk food when shopping for others and healthier foods when shopping for themselves.

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Buying Healthy Food Stresses Consumers

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Study Done By:
Thyra Uth Thomsen, Suzanne C. Beckmann and Torben Hansen of Copenhagen Business School

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Bottom Line:
Worry about whether or not a food is healthy can be stressful to consumers and make them more likely to “cheat” and make unhealthy decisions.

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