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The use of nutrition label on food purchasing decision among university students in Kuantan, Malaysia

Hazali, Norazlanshah and I, Muhammad and MD, Hasmira and M, Mashita and MR, Norfazilah and MF, Fazlyla Nadya (2013) The use of nutrition label on food purchasing decision among university students in Kuantan, Malaysia. Health and the Environment Journal , 4 (1). pp. 1-10. ISSN 2180-1126

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Abstract

Nutrition label provides nutrition status of the pre-packaged foods and is very useful for people when making decision for healthy foods. However, there is a lack of awareness among Malaysians regarding the use of nutrition label when purchasing foods. Hence, a cross sectional study among tertiary students (IIUM) was conducted. The aim of this study was to determine the relationship between gender, attitude and knowledge of the tertiary students with the use of nutrition labeling. Assessment s were done by distributing 25-item questionnaires composed of pair-wise, open-ended and 5-item Likert scale questions to the subjects. The prevalence of level of nutrition knowledge and attitudes were determined. Our analysis showed that 95 students(57.6%) were moderately making use of the nutrition label. There was no significant difference between gender and the use of nutrition label on food purchasing decision among these students. There was also no association between knowledge and the use of nutrition label on food purchasing decision among them. However, there was significant association between attitude and the use of nutrition label on food purchasing decision among the students(p= 0.001, r= 17.842). Our results show that attitude is the key factor in regards with the use of nutrition label while gender and knowledge has no effect on the use of nutrition label on food purchasing

Item Type: Article (Journal)
Additional Information: 4645/34178
Uncontrolled Keywords: Food purchasing, healthy food, gender, nutrition label, questionnaires
Subjects: T Technology > TX Home economics > TX341 Nutrition. Foods and food supply
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes: Kulliyyah of Allied Health Sciences > Department of Nutrition Sciences
Depositing User: Dr. Norazlanshah Hazali
Date Deposited: 15 Jan 2014 09:38
Last Modified: 22 Nov 2014 12:30
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/34178

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