OBJECTIVE: To estimate the proportion of snack food and beverage choices available to an Australian consumer. DESIGN: A survey of product Nutrition Information Panels (NIP) and product labels on snack foods and beverages offered for sale. Data on nutrient content were compared with criteria from different nutrient profile systems to estimate the proportion of items conforming to a choice. SETTING: A large supermarket in metropolitan Melbourne, Australia. RESULTS: A consumer could choose from 1,070 different snack foods and 863 different drinks. Flavour variety was more common in snacks (maximum thirteen per product) while variation in container size was more common for drinks (up to ten per product). Recommended serving size for snacks varied greatly (1822 of snack foods presented for sale could be deemed by multiple criteria. Similarly, only 14 healthy healthier snack foods and beverages, e.g. by reformulation of many products by the food industry and their presentation in smaller, standardised portion-size packaging.
|Pages (from-to)||1046 - 1053|
|Number of pages||8|
|Journal||Public Health Nutrition|
|Publication status||Published - 2008|