Publications

2017

Blanco-Metzler A, Moreira Claro R, Heredia-Blonval K, Caravaca Rodríguez I, Montero-Campos M, Legetic B and L’Abbe MR. Baseline and Estimated Trends of Sodium Availability and Food Sources in the Costa Rican Population during 2004–2005 and 2012–2013. Nutrients 2017;9(9):1020. doi: 10.3390/nu9091020. View Online.

Vanderlee L and L’Abbe M. Commentary – Food for thought on Food Environments. Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Prevention in Canada 2017;37(9). doi: 10.24095/hpcdp.37.9.01. View Online. View PDF.

Bernstein JT, Lou W, L’Abbe MR. Examining the relationship between free sugar and calorie contents in Canadian prepacked foods and beverages. Foods. Accepted August 2017.

Bernstein JT, Franco-Arellano B, Schermel A, Labonté, M, L’Abbé MR. Healthfulness and nutritional composition of Canadian prepackaged foods with and without sugar claims. Applied Physiology, Nutrition and Metabolism. Accepted July 2017.

Jessri M, Ng AP, L’Abbé MR. Adapting the Healthy Eating Index 2010 for the Canadian Population: Evidence from the Canadian National Nutrition Survey. Nutrients 2017;9(8):E910. doi: 10.3390/nu9080910. View Abstract. View Online.

Nilson EAF, Spaniol AM, Gonçalves VSS, Moura I, Silva SA, L’Abbé M, Jaime PC. Sodium Reduction in Processed Foods in Brazil: Analysis of Food Categories and Voluntary Targets from 2011 to 2017. Nutrients 2017;9(7):742. doi:10.3390/nu9070742. View Abstract. View Online.

Nilson EAF, Spaniol AM, Gonçalves VSS, Oliveira ML, Campbell N, L’Abbé M, Jaime PC. The Impact of Voluntary Targets on the Sodium Content of Processed Foods in Brazil, 2011-2013. J Clin Hypertens (Greenwich) 2017. doi: 10.1111/jch.13044. View Abstract. View Online.

Chan JYM, Scourboutakos MJ, L’Abbé MR. Unregulated serving sizes on the Canadian nutrition facts table – an invitation for manufacturer manipulations. BMC Public Health 2017;17(1):418. doi: 10.1186/s12889-017-4362-0. View Abstract. View Online. 

Scourboutakos MJ, Franco-Arellano B, Murphy SA, Noorhosseini S, Comelli EM & L’Abbé MR. Mismatch between probiotic benefits in trials versus food products. Nutrients 2017;9(4):E400. doi: 10.3390/nu9040400. View Abstract. View Online.

Scourboutakos MJ, Mah CL, Murphy SA, Mazza FN, Barrett N, McFadden B & L’Abbé MR. Testing a beverage and fruit/vegetable education initiative in a University Dining Hall. J Nutr Educ Behav 2017;49(6):457-465. doi: 10.1016/j.jneb.2017.02.003. View Abstract. Listen to Podcast.

Ahmed M, Mandic I, Lou W, Goodman L, Jacobs I and L’Abbe M. Validation of a tablet application for assessing dietary intakes compared with the measured food intake/food waste method in military personnel consuming rations. Nutrients 2017;9(3):200. doi:10.3390/nu9030200. View abstract. View PDF.

Emrich TE, Qi Y, Lou WY and L’Abbe MR. Traffic-light labels could reduce population intakes of calories, total fat, saturated fat, and sodium. PLOS ONE 2017; 12 (2): e0171188. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0171188. View abstract. View PDF.

Jessri M, Wolfinger RD, Lou W, L’Abbé MR. Identification of dietary patterns associated with obesity in a nationally-representative survey of Canadian adults: application of a priori, hybrid and simplified dietary pattern techniques. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition 2017;105(3):669-684. View abstract.

2016

Bernstein JT, Schermel A, Mills CM, L’Abbé MR. Total and free sugar content of Canadian prepackaged foods and beverages. Nutrients 2016;8(9):E582. View Full Text.

Jessri M, Lou W, L’Abbe MR. 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans is associated with a more nutrient-dense diet and lower risk of obesity. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition 2016; 104(5). View abstract.

Labonté M, Kirkpatrick SI, Bell RC, Boucher BA, Csizmadi I, Koushik A, L’Abbé MR, Massarelli I, Robson PJ, Rondeau I, Shatenstein B, Subar AF, Lamarche B. Dietary assessment is a critical element of health research – Perspective from the Partnership for Advancing Nutritional and Dietary Assessment in Canada. Appl Physiol Nutr Metab 2016;20:1-4. View Online. View PDF. Supplementary Material.

Semnani-Azad Z, Scourboutakos MJ, L’Abbé MR. Kids’ Meals from Chain Restaurants are Exceedingly High in Calories, Fats, and Sodium: A Cross-sectional Study. BMC Nutrition 2016: 2:16. doi:10.1186/s40795-016-0056-8. View Online. View PDF.

Jessri M, Nishi SK, L’Abbe MR. Assessing the nutritional quality of diets of Canadian children and adolescents using the 2014 Health Canada Surveillance Tool Tier System. BMC Public Health 2016;16(1):381. doi: 10.1186/s12889-016-3038-5. View abstract. View Full Text. Supplementary Material.

Bernstein JT, L’Abbe MR. Added sugars on nutrition labels: a way to support population health in Canada. CMAJ 2016. doi: 10.1503/cmaj.151081. [Epub ahead of print]. View commentary. Listen to podcast.

Arcand J, Jefferson K, Schermel A, Shah F, Trang S, Kutlesa D, Lou W, L’Abbe MR. Examination of food industry progress in reducing the sodium content of packaged foods in Canada: 2010 to 2013. Appl Physiol Nutr Metab 2016;41(6):684-90. doi: 10.1139/apnm-2015-0617. View abstract. View Full Text.

Jessri M, Lou WY, L’Abbé MR. Evaluation of different methods to handle misreporting in obesity research: evidence from the Canadian national nutrition survey. Br J Nutri 2016;115(1):147-59. doi: 10.1017/S0007114515004237. View abstract. View PDF. Supplementary Material.

Schermel A, Wong CL, L’Abbé MR. Are Foods with Fat-Related Claims Useful for Weight Management? Appetite 2016;96:154-159. doi: 10.1016/j.appet.2015.09.003. View abstract.

Scourboutakos MJ, Semnani-Azad Z, L’Abbe MR. Added Sugars in Kids’ Meals from Chain Restaurants. Prevent Med Rep 2016; 3:391-393.  View online. View PDF.

2015

Labonté ME, Ahmed M, Rayner M, L’Abbe MR. Systematic review of nutrient profile models developed for nutrition-related policies and regulations aimed at noncommunicable disease prevention. PROSPERO #CRD42015024750. 2015. View Online.

Jessri M, Nishi SK, L’Abbe MR. Assessing the Nutritional Quality of Diets of Canadian Adults Using the 2014 Health Canada Surveillance Tool Tier System. Nutrients 2015;7(12):10447-68. doi: 10.3390/nu7125543. View abstract. View PDF. Supplementary Material.

Emrich TE, Qi Y, Cohen JE, Lou WY, L’Abbe MR. Front-of-pack symbols are not a reliable indicator of products with healthier nutrient profiles. Appetite 2015; 84(1): 148-153. View abstract. 

Vandevijvere S, Swinburn B, for the International Network for Food and Obesity/non-communicable diseases (NCDs) Research, Monitoring and Action Support (INFORMAS). Pilot test of the Healthy Food Environment Policy Index (Food-EPI) to increase government actions for creating healthy food environments. BMJ Open 2015 Jan 9;5(1):e006194. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2014-006194. PMID: 25575874. View abstract. View PDF.

Campbell N, L’Abbe MR, McHenry EW. 2015. Too much focus on low-quality science? CMAJ 2015; 187(2):131-2. doi: 10.1503/cmaj.115-0005. PMID: 25646375 Erratum in: CMAJ 2015; 187(6):439. View abstract. View PDF.

Campbell N, Legowski B, Legetic B, Nilson E, L’Abbé M. Inaugural maximum values for sodium in processed food products in the Americas. J Clin Hypertens (Greenwich). 2015 Aug;17(8):611-3 PMID: 25903047. View abstract. View PDF.

Poelman MP, Eyles H, Dunford E, Schermel A, L’Abbe MR, Neal B, Seidell JC, Steenhuis IH, Ni Mhurchu C. Package size and manufacturer-recommended serving size of sweet beverages: a cross-sectional study across four high-income countries. Public Health Nutr. 2015 Jul; 7:1-9. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 26148431. View abstract.

2014

Gallo S, Comeau K, Agellon S, Vanstone C, Sharma A, Jones G, L’Abbé M, Khamessan A, Weiler H, Rodd C. Methodological issues in assessing plasma 25-hydroxyvitamin D concentration in newborn infants. Bone 2014; 61:186-90. View abstract.

Mendoza JE, Schram GA, Arcand J, Henson S, L’Abbe MR. Assessment of consumers’ level of engagement in following recommendations for lowering sodium intake. Appetite 2014; 73:51–57. View abstract.

Arcand J, Abdulaziz K, Bennett C, L’Abbe MR, Manuel DG. Developing a web-based dietary sodium screening tool for personalized assessment and feedback. Appl Physiol Nutr Metab 2014;39(3):413-4. View abstract. View PDF.

Emrich TE, Qi Y, Mendoza JE, Lou W, Cohen JE, L’Abbé MR. Consumer perceptions of the Nutrition Facts table and Front-of-Pack nutrition rating systems. Appl Physiol Nutr Metab 2014 Apr; 39(4):417-24. View abstract. View PDF.

Shakur Y, Lou WW, L’Abbé MR 2014. Examining the effects of increased vitamin D fortification on dietary inadequacy in Canada. Can J Public Health 2014;105(2):e127-e132. PMID: 4886848 View abstract. View PDF. Supplementary Material.

Wong CL, Mendoza J, Henson SJ, Qi Y, Lou W, L’Abbé MR. Consumer attitudes and understanding of cholesterol-lowering claims on food: Randomized mock-package experiments with plant sterol and oat fibre claims.  Eur J Clin Nutr 2014; 68(8):946-52. View abstract.

Campbell N, Legowski B, Legetic B, Ferrante D, Nilson E, Campbell C, L’Abbé M. Targets and timelines for reducing salt in processed food in the Americas. J Clin Hypertens (Greenwich). 2014;16(9):619-23. Epub 2014 Jul 31. View abstract.

Fitzpatrick L, Arcand J, L’Abbe MR, Deng M, Duhaney T, Campbell NRC. Accuracy of Canadian Food Labels for Sodium Content of Food. Nutrients 2014; 6(8):3326-35. View abstract. View PDF.

Tobe SW, Stone JA, Walker KM, Anderson T, Bhattacharyya O, Cheng AYY, Gregoire J, Gubitz G, L’Abbé MR, Lau DCW, Leiter LA, Oh P, Padwal R, Poirier L, Selby P, Tremblay M, Ward RA, Hua D and Liu PP, for the Canadian Cardiovascular Harmonized Guideline Endeavour (C-CHANGE) Collaborative. Updated Clinical Practice Guidelines. Can Med Assoc J. 2014;186(17):1299-305. View abstract.

Lee GJ, Birken CS, Parkin PC, Lebovic G, Chen Y, L’Abbe MR, Maguire JL. Non-cow’s milk consumption and Vitamin D levels in early childhood. Can Med Assoc J 2014; 186(17):1287-93. View abstract.

Scourboutakos MJ, Corey PN, Mendoza J, Henson SJ, L’Abbé MR. Restaurant menu-labelling: Is it worth adding sodium to the label? Can J Public Health 2014; 105(5): e354-61.  PMID: 25365270. View abstract. View PDF. Supplementary Material.

Scourboutakos MJ, L’Abbe MR. Changes in sodium levels in chain restaurant foods in Canada (2010-2013): a longitudinal study. Can Med Assoc J Open 2014 Oct 1;2(4):E343-51. doi: 10.9778/cmajo.20140028. PMID: 25553327. View abstract. View PDF.

Niebylski ML, Lu T, Campbell NR, Arcand J, Schermel A, Hua D, Yeates KE, Tobe SW, Twohig PA, L’Abbé MR, Liu PP. Healthy food procurement policies and their impact. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2014 Mar 3;11(3):2608-27. PMID: 24595213. View abstract. View PDF.

Arcand J, Au JTC, Schermel A, L’Abbe MR. A comprehensive analysis of sodium levels in the Canadian packaged food supply. Am J Prev Med 2014;46(6):633–642. doi: 10.1016/j.amepre.2014.01.012. PMID: 24842740. View abstract. View Full Text.

Schermel A, Mendoza J, Henson S, Dukeshire S, Pasut L, Emrich TE, Lou W, Qi Y, L’Abbé MR. Canadians’ perceptions of food, diet, and health – a national survey. PLoS One. 2014 Jan 23;9(1):e86000. doi: 10. PMID: 24465832. View abstract.

2013

Bertinato J, Simpson JR, Sherrard L, Taylor J, Plouffe LJ, Van Dyke D, Geleynse M, Dam YY, Murphy P, Knee C, Vresk L, Holland N, Quach H, Mack DR, Cooper M, L’Abbé MR, Hayward S. Zinc Supplementation Does Not Alter Sensitive Biomarkers of Copper Status in Healthy Boys. J Nutr 2013;143(3):284-289. doi:10.3945/jn.112.171306. View abstract.

Arcand J, L’Abbe M, Newton G. Hospital Salt — Reply.  Response to Morton Satin’s (Salt Institute) letter regarding study “Evaluation of sodium levels in hospital patient menus”, JAMA Intern Med 2013 Mar 11;173(5):391-2. View reply.

Arcand J, Mendoza J, Qi Y, Henson S, Lou W, L’Abbe MR. Results of a National Survey Examining Canadians’ Concern, Actions, Barriers, and Support for Dietary Sodium Reduction Interventions. Can J Cardiol 2013; 29(5):628-31. View abstract.

Wong CL, Arcand J, Qi Y, Lou W, Mendoza J, Henson S, L’Abbé MR.  Consumer Attitudes and understanding of low sodium claims on food: An analysis of healthy and hypertensive individuals.  Am J Clin Nutr 2013; 97(6):1288-98. View abstract. View PDF.

Food Monitoring Group: Dunford E, Webster J, Metzler AB, Czernichow S, Ni Mhurchu C, Wolmarans P, Snowdon W, L’Abbe M, Li N, Maulik PK, Barquera S, Schoj V, Allemandi L, Samman N, de Menezes EW, Hassell T, Ortiz J, Salazar de Ariza J, Rahman AR, de Núñez L, Garcia MR, van Rossum C, Westenbrink S, Thiam LM, MacGregor G, Neal B; Food Monitoring Group. Progress with a global branded food composition database. Food Chem 2013; 140(3):451-7. doi: 10.1016/j.foodchem.2012.10.065. View abstract.

Scourboutakos MJ, L’Abbé MR. Sodium Levels in Canadian Fast-food and Sit-down Restaurants. Can J Public Health 2013; 104(1):e2-e8. View abstract. View PDF.

Gallo S, Comeau K, Vanstone C, Agellon S, Sharma A, Jones G, L’Abbé M, Khamessan A, Rodd C, Weiler H. Effect of different dosages of oral vitamin D supplementation on vitamin D status in healthy, breastfed infants: a randomized trial. JAMA 2013; 309(17):1785-92. View abstract.

Scourboutakos MJ, Semnani-Azad Z, L’Abbe MR. Restaurant Meals: Almost a Full Day’s Worth of Calories, Fats, and Sodium.  JAMA Intern Med 2013; 173(14):1373-4. View abstract. View PDF.

Schermel A, Emrich TE, Arcand J, Wong CL, L’Abbé MR. Nutrition marketing on processed food packages in Canada: 2010 Food Label Information Program. Appl Physiol Nutr Metab 2013; 38(6):666-72. View abstract. View PDF.

Swinburn B, Vandevijvere S, Kraak V, Sacks G, Snowdon W, Hawkes C, Barquera S, Friel S, Kelly B, Kumanyika S, L’Abbé M, Lee A, Lobstein T, Ma J, Macmullan J, Mohan S, Monteiro C, Neal B, Rayner M, Sanders D, Walker C, INFORMAS. Monitoring and benchmarking government policies and actions to improve the healthiness of food environments: a proposed Government Healthy Food Environment Policy Index. Obesity Reviews 2013; 14(S1), 24-37. View abstract. View PDF.

Brinsden H, Lobstein T, Landon J, Kraak V, Sacks G, Kumanyika S, Swinburn B, Barquera S, Friel S, Hawkes C, Kelly B, L’abbé M, Lee A, Ma J, Macmullen J, Mohan S, Monteiro C, Neal B, Rayner M, Sanders D, Snowdon W, Vandevijvere S, Walker C, INFORMAS. Monitoring policy and actions on food environments: rationale and outline of the INFORMAS policy engagement and communication strategies. Obesity Reviews 2013; 14(S1), 13-23. View abstract. View PDF.

Kelly B, King L, Baur L, Rayner M, Lobstein T, Monteiro C, Macmullan J, Mohan S, Barquera S, Friel S, Hawkes C, Kumanyika S, L’Abbé M, Lee A, Ma J, Neal B, Sacks G, Sanders D, Snowdon W, Swinburn B, Vandevijvere S, Walker C, INFORMAS. Monitoring food and nonalcoholic beverage promotions to children. Obesity Reviews 2013; 14(S1), 59-69. View abstract. View PDF.

Lee A, Mhurchu CN, Sacks G, Swinburn B, Snowdon W, Vandevijvere S, Hawkes C, L’abbé M, Rayner M, Sanders D, Barquera S, Friel S, Kelly B, Kumanyika S, Lobstein T, Ma J, Macmullan J, Mohan S, Monteiro C, Neal B, Walker C, INFORMAS. Monitoring the price and affordability of foods and diets globally. Obesity Reviews 2013; 14(S1), 82-95. View abstract. View PDF.

Neal B, Sacks G, Swinburn B, Vandevijvere S, Dunford E, Snowdon W, Webster J, Barquera S, Friel S, Hawkes C, Kelly B, Kumanyika S, L’Abbé M, Lee A, Lobstein T, Ma J, Macmullan J, Mohan S, Monteiro C, Rayner M, Sanders D, Walker C, INFORMAS. Monitoring the levels of important nutrients in the food supply. Obesity Reviews 2013; 14(S1): 49-58. View abstract. View PDF.

Friel S, Hattersley L, Snowdon W, Thow AM, Lobstein T, Sanders D, Barquera S, Mohan S, Hawkes C, Kelly B, Kumanyika S, L’Abbe M, Lee A, Ma J, Macmullan J, Monteiro C, Neal B, Rayner M, Sacks G, Swinburn B, Vandevijvere S, Walker C, INFORMAS. Monitoring the impacts of trade agreements on food environments. Obesity Reviews 2013; 14(S1): 120-134. View abstract. View PDF.

Sacks G, Swinburn B, Kraak V, Downs S, Walker C, Barquera S, Friel S, Hawkes C, Kelly B, Kumanyika S, L’Abbé M, Lee A, Lobstein T, Ma J, Macmullan J, Mohan S, Monteiro C, Neal B, Rayner M, Sanders D, Snowdon W, Vandevijvere S, INFORMAS. A proposed approach to monitor private-sector policies and practices related to food environments, obesity and non-communicable disease prevention. Obesity Reviews 2013; 14(S1), 38-48. View abstract. View PDF.

L’Abbé M, Schermel A, Minaker L, Kelly B, Lee A, Vandevijvere S, Twohig P, Barquera S, Friel S, Hawkes C, Kumanyika S, Lobstein T, Ma J, Macmullan J, Mohan S, Monteiro C, Neal B, Rayner M, Sacks G, Sanders D, Snowdon W, Swinburn B, Walker C, INFORMAS. Monitoring foods and beverages provided and sold in public sector settings. Obesity Reviews 2013; 14(S1), 96-107. View abstract. View PDF. Supplementary Material.

Rayner M, Wood A, Lawrence M, Mhurchu CN, Albert J, Barquera S, Friel S, Hawkes C, Kelly B, Kumanyika S, L’abbé M, Lee A, Lobstein T, Ma J, Macmullan J, Mohan S, Monteiro C, Neal B, Sacks G, Sanders D, Snowdon W, Swinburn B, Vandevijvere S, Walker C, INFORMAS. Monitoring the health related labelling of foods and non-alcoholic beverages in retail settings. Obesity Reviews 2013; 14(S1), 70-81. View abstract. View PDF.

Swinburn B, Sacks G, Vandevijvere S, Kumanyika S, Lobstein T, Neal B, Barquera S, Friel S, Hawkes C, Kelly B, L’abbé M, Lee A, Ma J, Macmullan J, Mohan S, Monteiro C, Rayner M, Sanders D, Snowdon W, Walker C. INFORMAS (International Network for Food and Obesity/non-communicable diseases Research, Monitoring and Action Support): overview and key principles. Obesity Reviews 2013; 14(S1): 1-12. View abstract. View PDF.

2012

Arcand J, Steckham K, Tzianetas R, L’Abbé MR, Newton GE. Evaluation of sodium levels in hospital patient menus. Arch Intern Med 2012;172(16):1261-62. doi:10.1001/archinternmed.2012.2368. View abstract. View PDF.

Dunford E et al, for The Food Monitoring Group. International collaborative project to compare and track the nutritional composition of fast foods. BMC Public Health 2012;12:559. doi: 10.1186/1471-2458-12-559. View abstract.

Scourboutakos MJ, L’Abbé MR. Restaurant menus: calories, caloric density, and serving size. Am J Prevent Med 2012;43(3):249-255. View abstract.

Emrich TE, Mendoza J, L’Abbé MR. Effectiveness of front-of-pack nutrition symbols: A Pilot Study with Consumers.  Can J Diet Pract Res 2012;73:200-203 (DOI: 10.3148/73.4.2012.200). View abstract.

Krenosky S, L’Abbé M, Lee N, Underhill L, Vigneault M, Godefroy S, Ratnayake N. Risk Assessment of Exposure to Trans Fat in Canada. Int Food Risk Anal J 2012;2:1-15. View PDF.

Emrich TE, Arcand J, L’Abbé MR. Front-of-pack nutrition labelling systems: a missed opportunity? Can J Public Health 2012; 103(4):e260-2. View abstract. View PDF.