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Study: More Nutrition Info Leads to Better Food Choices

posted on July 29, 2005

When provided the nutritional information, some high school students choose the healthier school lunch item. A study published in the Journal of Child Nutrition and Management, cites a six-school experiment in Pennsylvania where nutritional information was posted.

One example: At one school, an average of 380 pepperoni pizzas was ordered each day during a six-week period when no nutritional information was posted. In the ensuing six weeks, when nutritional information was posted, an average of 346 pepperoni pizzas was ordered. During the same time, the average number of cheese pizzas, which have less fat and fewer calories, increased from 37 to 60.

One school's food service director says he plans to offer nutritional information for eight to 12 entrees starting this fall.

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