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Americans Lack Basic Nutrition Information



Survey Finds Americans Lack Basic Nutrition Information

A surprising number of Americans lack the most basic nutrition information, according to a new PCRM survey. ORC International posed PCRM’s 10 nutrition questions to 1,015 adults nationwide, revealing gaps in America’s nutrition knowledge.

Nutrition-related diseases kill millions of Americans every year. A major cause of these epidemics is that many consumers do not know enough about the role that foods play in health.

Five Nutrition Information Gaps

Topic

Survey Findings

Cholesterol

Only 7 percent were aware that an egg has more cholesterol than a Big Mac.

Calories

Only 7 percent of individuals in households with children ages 13 to 17 knew that skim milk and Coca-Cola have about the same number of calories.

Fat

Only 18 percent knew that 70 percent of the calories in cheese come from fat.

Calcium

Only 22 percent were aware that beans, broccoli, and milk are all high in calcium.

Fiber

Only 36 percent realized that fish and beef have the same amount of fiber. There is no fiber in animal products.

 



Read the complete survey results at PCRM.org/NutritionSurvey

So you think you know Nutrition? Test Yourself! PCRM.org/NutritionQuiz


Good Medicine: Humanizing Medical Education

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Summer 2012
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