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Nutrición Hospitalaria

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QUIROS-VILLEGAS, Deyanira; ESTEVEZ-MARTINEZ, Isabel; PERALES-GARCIA, Aránzazu  and  URRIALDE, Rafael. The evolution of nutritional information and communication about food and beverages the last 50 years. Nutr. Hosp. [online]. 2017, vol.34, suppl.4, pp.19-25. ISSN 1699-5198.

Introduction: Nutritional information directed to consumers has evolved in some key aspects such as nutritional parameters, qualitative characteristics of the product and the necessary requirements for their communication. Objectives: To provide a general overview of legislative developments in nutrition communication in the last 50 years. Materials and methods: Literature review of available literature and European and Spanish Regulations. Results: The main changes have occurred on the two key regulations. Regulation 1924/2006 covering for the first times in Europe the characteristics that must be declared by foods and beverages to make certain nutritional claims and their commercial communications. Additionally, Regulation 432/2012 provides a positive list of health claims. On the other hand, Regulation 1169/2011 offers an updated view of the information provided to the consumer, the compulsory and voluntary aspects of it and its application in the labeling, presentation and advertising of food and beverage products. In addition, there are other regulations and initiatives, at the non-institutional level, to promote this communication with the consumer, such as GDAs or color schemes, based on the dietary reference intakes of different nutrients included in Regulation 1169/2011. Conclusion: Food legislation has tried to regulate the existing situation in the market by creating a harmonized framework to guarantee the consumer protection, offering nutritional information based in the scientific evidence and increasingly comprehensive and understandable.

Keywords : Nutritional communication; Legislation; Evolution.

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