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New Survey Shows 90 Percent of Women Do Not Fully Understand the Calories They Eat
Date:3/4/2008

Americans in need of a calorie and nutrient education

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., March 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Despite efforts to keep weight in check, women seem to be willing to take drastic measures to lose weight, with one third saying they would even give up sex for one month just to lose a few pounds, a recent survey found.

Although more than half of American women actively manage their weight most of the time or more often, many do not fully understand the calories they eat, according to Dannon(TM) Light & Fit(TM)'s recent Calorie IQ survey.

"I have clients come to me every day who seem to understand the basics of weight management but do not fully understand what makes up the foods they are eating," explained Oz Garcia, PhD, nutritionist to the stars and member of the Dannon Light & Fit Weight Management Council.

Common snack foods seem to be one culprit for calorie confusion, with nearly half of Americans surveyed believing that one and a half ounces of pretzel sticks contains 100 calories or less compared to the 160 calories they contain, as measured by NutritionData.com, and nearly one in five believing that pretzel sticks are a nutrient-rich snack.

To help women make smart decisions about weight management, Dannon is introducing Light & Fit 0% Plus, a new nonfat yogurt that contains 60 calories and 0 percent fat per four-ounce cup with essential nutrients like calcium, protein and Vitamin D, plus 50 percent more fruit than regular Light & Fit six-ounce cups.

"It's important to realize that when trying to limit the calories we eat each day, we need to make sure we're getting all the nutrients the body needs to keep it well-fueled; that doesn't have to mean compromising on taste," Dr. Garcia says.

Many are misinformed about the loss of essential nutrients as they manage their weight. According to the survey, 63 percent of women believe they get enough calcium and 73 percent believe they get enough Vitamin D
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