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Women Who Read Food Labels Weigh Less

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Women who read food labels typically weigh less than non-label readers, according to a new study in the journal Agricultural Economics [NYDailyNews.com].

Analyzing data from the U.S. Center for Disease Control’s annual National Health Interview Survey, researchers found that women who read food labels had a body mass index 1.49 points lower than women who didn’t read labels.

Researchers also found that smokers were less likely to read food labels than non-smokers, city-dwellers were more likely to read labels than people who live elsewhere, and 58 percent of men read food labels compared to 74 percent of women.

Although it’s clear that reading food labels can benefit your health, labels are often deceptive. Read “How to Make Sense of Food Labels” for tips to navigate the grocery store and decode food labels.

Tags: Food, Women, Nutrients, Health