Nutrition and You Survey Results Released

Chuck Zimmerman

The American Dietetic Association has released the results of their “Nutrition and You: Trends 2011” survey. I’ve only skimmed some of the results so far. There’s a lot of information in there. One section of special interest focused on where consumers get nutrition information and what sources they view as credible. Pretty timely information to add to the “Food Dialogues” discussion!

Where does the American public get its information on food and nutrition? Are the most popular sources also the most credible? Are consumers doing all they can to eat well and exercise? If not, why not? Have people increased or decreased their consumption of fruits, vegetables and other foods in the past several years? What do people think about organically grown products, low-fat foods, allergen-free foods, probiotics and other foods and nutrients?

In nationwide public opinion surveys since 1991, the American Dietetic Association has asked consumers these questions and more. The answers are now available as ADA releases the findings of its 20th anniversary survey, “Nutrition and You: Trends 2011.”
ADA’s 2011 survey presents a vivid look at consumers’ current knowledge and attitudes, and offers an opportunity to view two decades of trends in the ways Americans regard food, nutrition and health.

By the way, the ADA is changing its name effective January, 2012 to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.