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Study shows Nutrition labels aren’t used by many young adults

It wasn’t until 1990, when the Nutrition Labeling and Education Act (NLEA) passed that consumers had a consistent nutrition label they could reference. The label quickly became a vital part of our purchasing power — it showed sodium, fat and sugar content along with calories another other important nutritional information. And it helped consumers make smart decisions regarding their diets. But a new study from the University of Minnesota’s School of Public Health and Medical School reveals that only about 1 of 3 young adults use the label. Certain segments of the young demographic were more likely to read the Nutrition Facts than others. Among those at the top were women with higher education and income. People who regularly prepare food, and those who are physically active or are classified as being overweight are also at the tip. People who were trying to lose, gain or maintain weight were also more likely to use…