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Calorie Count Food Product Labels Do Not Curb Appetite, Study Finds

Research Shows Menu Food Product Labels Have No Benefits

A recent study published in the American Journal of Public Health revealed food product labels on restaurant menus do not encourage healthy eating. According to CBS News, the research found transparency about product calories and nutrition did not prevent consumers from making unhealthy food choices. 

The researchers provided 1,094 consumers over the age of 18 with McDonald's nutritional information, finding that while many consumers are concerned about what is in restaurant products, when the information is provided they still choose calorie-laden foods.

Custom Food Labels in Restaurants Do Not Stop Overeating 
CBS News reported the study highlighted the growing discrepancy between consumers asking for custom food labels regarding menu items and what actually happens at the checkout.

Julie Downs, study author and an associate research professor of social and decision sciences at Carnegie Mellon University, told HealthDay the disconnect may be from consumers not understanding how to use the nutritional information provided by restaurants.

"The general inability of calorie labeling to result in an overall reduction in the number of calories consumed has already been pretty widely shown," Downs said. "But in the face of that, there has been the growing thought that perhaps the problem is that people don't know how to use the information without some framework, some guidance."