A Comparative Study to Check Awareness of Food Labeling between Nutrition and Non-Nutrition Undergraduate Students

Authors

  • Tanveer unisa Hyder
  • Avanti Rao

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.37506/ijphrd.v12i4.16573

Keywords:

Food label, Consumer awareness, Knowledge, Nutrition information.

Abstract

Background: Food labeling can be a very important public health tool in providing consumers with
information which may help them to make informed decisions towards choosing good nutrition and health.
Objective: The main objectives were to assess the awareness and importance of food labeling among
students of nutrition and non-nutrition groups and to study the type of information students generally look
on the food label while buying a product. Methods: A cross-sectional study was conducted at St. Francis
College for Women in which 240 undergraduate college girls aged between 18-21 years of age were selected.
The questionnaire was used to assess knowledge of the participants towards food labeling. Results: The
results showed that 89.16% of nutrition and 57.5% of non-nutrition students were aware of FSSAI,78.33%
of nutrition and 60.83 % of non-nutrition students were aware of ISI, 80.8% of nutrition and only 12.5%
of non-nutrition students were aware of FPO,100% of nutrition and 32.5% of non-nutrition students were
aware of trans fat,98.3% of nutrition and 86.66% of non-nutrition students reported that food additives and
preservatives affect the state of health, 85.8% of nutrition and 38.33% of non-nutrition students reported that
MSG has harmful impact on human health,91.66% of nutrition and 92.5% of non-nutrition students were
aware of QR codes. Conclusion: The study concluded that those pursuing a degree in nutrition appear to be
more capable of interpreting food label information and incorporating that information into a healthy diet
than non-nutrition students. Hence, nutrition education can be a powerful tool to create awareness on food
label usage.

Author Biographies

Tanveer unisa Hyder

Postgraduate student Madina Degree and PG College for women, Himayath Nagar, Hyderabad, Telangana, India

Avanti Rao

Head of the Department of Nutrition of Madina Degree and PG College for women, Himayath Nagar, Hyderabad, Telangana, India

Published

2021-07-19

How to Cite

Tanveer unisa Hyder, & Avanti Rao. (2021). A Comparative Study to Check Awareness of Food Labeling between Nutrition and Non-Nutrition Undergraduate Students. Indian Journal of Public Health Research & Development, 12(4), 391-396. https://doi.org/10.37506/ijphrd.v12i4.16573