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FIGURE 2-7 Processed, packaged foods with sodium content claims.

FIGURE 2-7 Processed, packaged foods with sodium content claims.

SOURCE: Personal communication, M. Brandt, FDA, December 17, 2008.

category appears to have dropped out of the top categories using sodium content claims in the 2000–2001 survey. Thus, most of the sodium content claims in 2000–2001 appear to have been used primarily for foods that are likely to be naturally low in sodium (e.g., beverages, sugar substitutes) rather than for products reformulated to reduce their sodium content (e.g., diet and health benefit foods). One possible exception is the apparent availability of unsalted nuts and seeds carrying sodium content claims in 2000–2001.

TABLE 2-4 Sales-Based Percentages of Brands with Sodium Content Claims

Percentage, 1997

 

Percentage, 2000–2001

 

Carbonated soft drinks and water

47.3

Beverages, water

83.7

Fluid milk

26.7

Beverages, carbonated soft drinks

62.0

Diet and health benefit foods

24.6

Sugars and sugar substitutes

44.9

Baby foods

15.0

Nuts and seeds

34.8

Soft drink and beverage mixes

11.1

Beverages, juices/drinks, refrigerated

32.8

SOURCES: Reprinted from Journal of the American Dietetic Association 100(9), Brecher et al., Status of nutrition labeling, health claims, and nutrient content claims for processed foods: 1997 Food Label and Package Survey, pp. 1057–1062, Copyright © 2000, with permission from Elsevier; Reprinted from Journal of the American Dietetic Association 104(6), LeGault et al., 2000–2001 Food Label and Package Survey: An update on prevalence of nutrition labeling and claims on processed, packaged foods, pp. 952–958, Copyright © 2004, with permission from Elsevier.



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