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I came across Nutrition Information on the back of a packet of crisps recently and wondered if this should be Nutritional Information? Which is correct and what's the difference in meaning between the two?

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"Nutrition Information" is correct. In this case "Nutrition" is a noun adjunct, meaning a noun has been used as an adjective. This is very common in English. For example, say "chicken soup" instead of "soup of chicken".

In fact, nearly any noun can be an adjective.

  • If you are going to a show about cars, you can call it a "car show".
  • If you refer to the slide on a trombone, call it a "trombone slide".
  • A device used to open cans is a "can opener".

"Nutritional Information" is not necessarily improper grammar, but it sounds like "information that provides nourishment" rather than "information about nutrition". For example, you eat a "nutritional snack" if you are hungry, but you read a "nutrition book" to learn about nutrition.

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Yes, formally it should be nutritional information.

Nutrition is a noun and nutritional is the adjective. Since we are describing information, we should use the adjective.


Though nouns are used as adjectives in some cases, this isn't one of those cases. Here are some examples of nouns used as adjectives.

history teacher
race car
water boy

  • But it is information about nutrition, right? – user3169 Oct 22 '15 at 16:30
  • Yes. But the adjective for "nutrition" is nutritional – James Webster Oct 22 '15 at 16:32
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    I don't know that "Nutrition information" is unambiguously wrong unless you refer to the FDA labeling standard. We can say "nutrition campaign", "nutrition educator", or "nutrition facts", for example. I think there is more to be said on why we might choose one form over the other. – ColleenV parted ways Oct 22 '15 at 16:38
  • Then how about nutrition related information? What I am getting at is the the "information" itself is not "nutritional", as "nutritional information" implies? – user3169 Oct 22 '15 at 16:38
  • My ear can go either way on "nutrition information" vs. "nutritional information." The latter rolls offs the tongue a little easier, but the former looks nicer. If we were talking about value, however, it would have to be nutritional. "Nutrition value" is horrid. Perhaps the word "information" is more welcoming of noun adjuncts than "value" is, because we understand information to always be "about" something. – Adam Oct 22 '15 at 20:23

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