Data

Year of publication

2020

Type

Quantitative

Design

Cross-sectional

Classification

NOVA

Country studied

Guatemala

Data

Primary

Data Collected

food samples

Study setting

Retail

Age group of participant

N/A

Participant sex

N/A

Target population

General

Sample size

n=3459 (packaged foods)

Lack of nutrient declarations and low nutritional quality of pre-packaged foods sold in Guatemalan supermarkets/Public Health Nutrition

Goal

Assess the presence of nutrtion declartations and nutritional quality in pre-packaged food products sold in Guatemala.

Results

Energy content was declared in 87·0 %; total fats in 86·1 %; saturated fats in 81·5 %; trans-fats in 48·9 %; total sugars in 70·3 %; added sugars in 0·5 % and Na/salt in 85·5 % of products. Insufficient nutrient information made impossible to assess nutritional quality in 36·6 and 17·1 % of products with the PAHO and WHO-Europe models, respectively. Using PAHO and WHO nutrient profiles, we found that 66·2 and 50 % of food products did not meet the model’s nutritional criteria.

Authors

Alarcon-Calderon A, Vandevijvere S, Ramírez-Zea M, Kroker-Lobos MF.

Journal

DOI