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Influencing Food Choices: Nutrition Labeling, Health Claims, and Front-of-the-Package Labeling

Cappellano, Kathleen L. MS, RD, LDN

doi: 10.1097/NT.0b013e3181c2637e
Nutrition and the Internet

For nearly 2 decades, nutrition labeling and health claims found on food packaged in the United States have supplied consumers with information based on a food's nutritional content and the potential health benefits from consuming the food. To further assist consumers in making food choices based on nutrient content, a number of organizations-professional and trade associations, grocery chains, and food manufacturers-have developed a variety of tools and labeling programs to supplement the Food and Drug Administration-regulated nutritional labeling effort. This article highlights Web resources that address nutritional labeling, health claims, in-store nutrition navigation, and several front-of-the-pack labeling programs

Some internet sites useful for keeping up with labeling

Kathleen L. Cappellano, MS, RD, LDN, is an instructor at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, Tufts University, Boston, Massachusetts, and former Nutrition Information Manager at the Jean Mayer United States Department of Agriculture Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University. A member of the American Dietetic Association and Dietitians in Business and Communications practice group, Cappellano has over a decade of experience in evaluating and writing about medical, health, and food and nutrition Web sites.

Correspondence to: Kathleen L. Cappellano, MS, RD, LDN, Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, Tufts University, 150 Harrison Ave, Boston, MA 02111 (

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