Professor L'Abbé’s food and nutrition policy for population health research program provides an evidence base to support public health nutrition policy in areas such as health claims on foods, front-of-pack labelling, children's marketing on foods, nutritional quality of packaged and restaurant foods, menu labelling, food fortification, food-like natural health products, trans fat, sodium and sugar.
Research approaches include:
- Consumer surveys on knowledge, attitudes and behaviours related to foods and nutrition
- Assessments of the nutritional quality of Canadian foods
- Development and evaluation of mobile apps to motivate and enable consumers to improve their dietary intakes
- Development of methods for assessing and modelling population intakes, using national food consumption surveys.
Prof. L'Abbé’s group has developed two large national food databases, which have been used to answer a number of policy related research questions and that serve as the basis of their consumer apps.