TABLE 1

Average Nutritional Values for Child-Targeted Products With a GF Claim Versus Child-Targeted Products With No Claim

Nutritional ValueFull Data Set (N = 374)
GF Claim (n = 66)No Claim (n = 308)Pa
Average per 100 g serving, (SD)
 Calories273.43 (157.33)294.17 (161.28).34
 Sodium180.22 (173.08)295.34 (260.36)<.001
 Fat5.18 (7.07)8.06 (8.02).01
 Free sugars82.12 (63.56)79.62 (63.18).77
 Saturated fat1.37 (1.93)3.02 (4.00).001
 Trans fat0.01 (0.06)0.05 (0.16).09
 Protein3.89 (5.26)5.55 (5.16).02
Average per 100 g serving, n (%)b
 Sodium ratio ≥18 (12.1)118 (38.3)<.001c
 Fat >30%8 (12.1)92 (29.9).002c
 Sugar or free sugars >10%53 (80.3)249 (80.8).936c
 Saturated fat ≥10%7 (10.6)107 (35.1)<.001c
 Trans fat ≥1%3 (4.6)11 (3.6).705c
 Artificial sugars020 (6.5).033c
 Added sugars48 (72.7)224 (72.7).580c
Overall poor nutritional quality (PAHO criteria)87.9%96.8%<.001c
  • a P values calculated by using t test.

  • b 2 GF claim products and 9 no claim products were excluded from the analysis because they were minimally processed, as per PAHO criteria.

  • c P values calculated by using χ2 test.