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Evaluation of the Nutritional Quality of Processed Foods in Honduras: Comparison of Three Nutrient Profiles

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Human Nutrition Laboratory, Department of Food Science and Technology, Zamorano University, San Antonio de Oriente, Francisco Morazan, Tegucigalpa 11101, Honduras
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Faculty of Health Sciences, Central American Technological University, Tegucigalpa 3539, Honduras
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Zamorano University, San Antonio de Oriente, Francisco Morazan, Tegucigalpa 11101, Honduras
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Masters Program in Sustainable Tropical Agriculture, Graduate Department, Zamorano University, Tegucigalpa 11101, Honduras
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17(19), 7060; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17197060
Received: 14 August 2020 / Revised: 5 September 2020 / Accepted: 16 September 2020 / Published: 27 September 2020
(This article belongs to the Section Global Health)
Obesity is considered a global pandemic. Different countries have worked to implement front-of-package (FOP) labeling systems that define thresholds for critical nutrients (CN) as part of their public health policies. The objective of this study is to identify the proportion of Processed (PF) and Ultra-Processed (UPF) Foods marketed in Honduras, which meet or fall short of the criteria of three Nutrient Profile Models (NPM): PAHO (2016), Chile (2017) and the Central American Technical Regulation Proposal-Nutritional Warning Front Labeling (CATRP-NWFL 2017). This study is descriptive; 1009 products from 206 brands were collected nationwide. Descriptive statistics were performed. The mean CN compliance with the three models was 49.3% for sodium, 30.6% for sugars, 63.1% and 96% for saturated and trans fats. The PAHO and Chilean (NPM) similarly concentrated on the lower compliance with the established criteria, unlike the CATRP, which has less stringent criteria. This is the first assessment of CN content in PF and UPF in Honduras under three different NPMs. We highlight the importance of defining or adopting criteria for the implementation of NWFL as information for the consumer and thereby contribute to reducing the risks of obesity and related diseases. View Full-Text
Keywords: Chile; fast food; nutrients; obesity; sodium Chile; fast food; nutrients; obesity; sodium
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Hernandez Santana, A.; Waleska Bodden Andrade, S.; Rojas Aleman, D.; Enríquez, J.P.; Di Iorio, A.B. Evaluation of the Nutritional Quality of Processed Foods in Honduras: Comparison of Three Nutrient Profiles. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17, 7060. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17197060

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Hernandez Santana A, Waleska Bodden Andrade S, Rojas Aleman D, Enríquez JP, Di Iorio AB. Evaluation of the Nutritional Quality of Processed Foods in Honduras: Comparison of Three Nutrient Profiles. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2020; 17(19):7060. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17197060

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Hernandez Santana, Adriana; Waleska Bodden Andrade, Sharyl; Rojas Aleman, Dina; Enríquez, Jean P.; Di Iorio, Adriana B. 2020. "Evaluation of the Nutritional Quality of Processed Foods in Honduras: Comparison of Three Nutrient Profiles" Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 17, no. 19: 7060. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17197060

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