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Table 2 Practices on the label reading frequency and attention paid to label contents among adolescents

From: Use of food labels by adolescents to make healthier choices on snacks: a cross-sectional study from Sri Lanka

Practices Always Most Sometimes Not at all
% of the time % % %
Frequency of reading labelsa 40.8 33.8 23.7 1.7
Attention paid to contentsb
 Brand name 24.6 50.1 20.5 4.9
 Price 34.7 50.3 12.0 3.0
 Expiry date 93.6 5.4 0.4 0.6
 Manufactured date 55.2 26.6 13.7 4.5
 Serving amount 7.5 22.8 47.5 22.2
 Batch number 2.6 8.7 32 56.7
 Nutrition information 38.4 43.7 13.2 4.7
 Country of manufacture 9.2 34.7 37.8 18.3
 Storage instructions 21.5 41.7 21.3 15.5
 Medical certification 28.8 38.0 20.2 13.0
 Attractiveness of the label 6.2 22.4 33.7 37.7
 Readability of the label 30.3 41.8 20.5 7.4
  1. a N = 542 (the total number of participants who responded)
  2. b N = 533 (out of the total number of participants responded, 9 students who never read food labels were excluded)