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Title

Knowledge on added sugar content in food labels among adult out-patient clinic visitors at a tertiary care teaching hospital, Riyadh, KSA

 

Authors

Kavita Sudersanadas1,3, Maha Al Turki1,3,Winnie Philip2,3, Fawzia Alharbi1,3, Dalal Almeqbel1,3 & Dalia Alanazi1,3

 

Affiliation

1Department of Clinical Nutrition, College of Applied Medical Sciences, King Saud Bin Abdul-Aziz University for Health Sciences, National Guard Health Affairs, Riyadh, KSA -11481; 2Research Unit, College of Applied Medical Sciences, King Saud Bin Abdul-Aziz University for Health Sciences, National Guard Health Affairs, Riyadh, KSA-11481; 3King Abdullah International Medical Research Centre, National Guard Health Affairs, Riyadh, KSA-11481;

 

Email

Kavita Sudersanadas - E-mail: sudersanadask@ksau-hs.edu.sa

Maha Al Turki E-mail: Turkim@ksau-hs.edu.sa

Winnie Philip - E-mail: philipw@ksau-hs.edu.sa

Fawzia Alharbi - E-mail: alharbi275@ksau-hs.edu.sa

Dalal Almeqbel - E-mail: almeqbel095@ksau-hs.edu.sa

Dalia Alanazi - E-mail: Alanazy229@ksau-hs.edu.sa

 

Article Type

Research Article

 

Date

Received April 27, 2022; Revised May 31, 2022; Accepted May 31, 2022, Published May 31, 2022

 

Abstract

Consumption of added sugars is reported as an etiological factor for high prevalence of diet-related diseases. Food labels of food products indicate the presence of added sugars. Knowing the different terms used to describe added sugars helps people to avoid food products rich in added sugars. Therefore, it is of interest to assess consumer knowledge about the added sugar terms on food labels. A study was conducted among 215 visitors of a tertiary care hospital outpatient clinic during July-September 2020.The data for this prospective cross-sectional study was collected by using online Google form. Adult visitors of both genders were selected using a non-probability convenient sampling technique. Demography and knowledge of the added sugars were collected. SPSS version 22 was used for data analysis. Mean ( SD), median, and Inter quartile Range (IQR), and Pearson Chi-square test were used. A "p" value of < 0.05 was considered statistically significant. The majority (96.7%) of the study participants was Saudi nationals with a median (IQR) age of 28 (23, 38). Most (68.37%) of the respondents were undergraduates. Physical inactivity (37.21%) and incidence of obesity (25.58%), and lifestyle diseases (15.40%) were reported. The chi-square test indicated a significant relationship between gender and knowledge of added sugars (χ2 = 69.85; p<0.05). Females (69.41%) have more knowledge about added sugars than males. These findings support the notion that there is a lack of knowledge about added sugar terms on the nutrition labels, which might contribute to the prevalence of obesity and other non-communicable chronic illnesses.

 

Keywords

Knowledge, added sugar content, food labels, adult out-patient clinic visitors

 

Citation

Sudersanadas et al. Bioinformation 18(5): 455-459 (2022)

 

Edited by

P Kangueane

 

ISSN

0973-2063

 

Publisher

Biomedical Informatics

 

License

This is an Open Access article which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly credited. This is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License.