Americans Lack Dietary Knowledge

Few Americans can accurately estimate the number of calories they should consume in a day (12%), but a much larger portion 74% seek caloric information on the Nutrition Facts Panel, according to the International Food Information Council's 2010 Food & Healthy Survey. People don't know how many calories they need in a day but they still look at calorie information, said Wendy Reinhardt Kapsak,

WASHINGTON — Few Americans can accurately estimate the number of calories they should consume in a day (12%), but a much larger portion — 74% — seek caloric information on the Nutrition Facts Panel, according to the International Food Information Council's 2010 Food & Healthy Survey.

“People don't know how many calories they need in a day but they still look at calorie information,” said Wendy Reinhardt Kapsak, senior director of health and wellness for IFIC. “Sometimes con

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