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# The labeling of otherwise high-calorie foods as sugar-free,

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The labeling of otherwise high-calorie foods as “sugar-free,” based on the replacement of all sugar by artificial sweeteners, should be prohibited by law. Such a prohibition is indicated because many consumers who need to lose weight will interpret the label “sugar-free” as synonymous with “low in calories” and harm themselves by building weight-loss diets around foods labeled “sugar-free.” Manufacturers of sugar-free foods are well aware of this tendency on the part of consumers

Which one of the following, if true, provides the strongest basis for challenging the conclusion in the passage?
(A) Food manufacturers would respond to a ban on the label “sugar-free” by reducing the calories in sugar-free products by enough to be able to promote those products as diet foods.
(B) Individuals who are diabetic need to be able to identify products that contain no sugar by reference to product labels that expressly state that the product contains no sugar.
(C) Consumers are sometimes slow to notice changes in product labels unless those changes are themselves well advertised.
(D) Consumers who have chosen a particular weight-loss diet tend to persist with this diet if they have been warned not to expect very quick results.
(E) Exactly what appears on a product label is less important to consumer behavior than is the relative visual prominence of the different pieces of information that the label contains.

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Re: ARTIFICIAL SWEETENERS [#permalink]

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17 May 2009, 07:42
IMO A

The labeling of otherwise high-calorie foods as “sugar-free,” based on the replacement of all sugar by artificial sweeteners, should be prohibited by law. Such a prohibition is indicated because many consumers who need to lose weight will interpret the label “sugar-free” as synonymous with “low in calories” and harm themselves by building weight-loss diets around foods labeled “sugar-free.” Manufacturers of sugar-free foods are well aware of this tendency on the part of consumers

Which one of the following, if true, provides the strongest basis for challenging the conclusion in the passage?
(A) Food manufacturers would respond to a ban on the label “sugar-free” by reducing the calories in sugar-free products by enough to be able to promote those products as diet foods -->the best. By reducing the calorie in the in such high calorie "sugar free" products to turn it to a kind of diet food, average consumers (do not want to lose weight or diet food) who wrongly interpret such food as indeed high calorie foods and continue buy such food will be harmed, because such food won't give them enough calorie necessary for their health --> weaken the argument
(B) Individuals who are diabetic need to be able to identify products that contain no sugar by reference to product labels that expressly state that the product contains no sugar -->strengthen
(C) Consumers are sometimes slow to notice changes in product labels unless those changes are themselves well advertised -->no influence
(D) Consumers who have chosen a particular weight-loss diet tend to persist with this diet if they have been warned not to expect very quick results -->quick result does not affect
(E) Exactly what appears on a product label is less important to consumer behavior than is the relative visual prominence of the different pieces of information that the label contains -->the visual of the information in the label is not mentioned, and the comparison is out of scope
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17 May 2009, 11:17
weaken the bolded part below
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The labeling of otherwise high-calorie foods as “sugar-free,” based on the replacement of all sugar by artificial sweeteners, should be prohibited by law. Such a prohibition is indicated because many consumers who need to lose weight will interpret the label “sugar-free” as synonymous with “low in calories” and harm themselves by building weight-loss diets around foods labeled “sugar-free.” Manufacturers of sugar-free foods are well aware of this tendency on the part of consumers

Which one of the following, if true, provides the strongest basis for challenging the conclusion in the passage?
(A) Food manufacturers would respond to a ban on the label “sugar-free” by reducing the calories in sugar-free products by enough to be able to promote those products as diet foods. -- NO influence or argument
(B) Individuals who are diabetic need to be able to identify products that contain no sugar by reference to product labels that expressly state that the product contains no sugar. -- IMO: If consumer reads labelling of ingredients before buying it, mere text change will not solve the purpose.
(C) Consumers are sometimes slow to notice changes in product labels unless those changes are themselves well advertised. -- Strengthen
(D) Consumers who have chosen a particular weight-loss diet tend to persist with this diet if they have been warned not to expect very quick results. OOS
(E) Exactly what appears on a product label is less important to consumer behavior than is the relative visual prominence of the different pieces of information that the label contains. OOS

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Re: ARTIFICIAL SWEETENERS [#permalink]

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17 May 2009, 12:50
sondenso wrote:
The labeling of otherwise high-calorie foods as “sugar-free,” based on the replacement of all sugar by artificial sweeteners, should be prohibited by law. Such a prohibition is indicated because many consumers who need to lose weight will interpret the label “sugar-free” as synonymous with “low in calories” and harm themselves by building weight-loss diets around foods labeled “sugar-free.” Manufacturers of sugar-free foods are well aware of this tendency on the part of consumers

Which one of the following, if true, provides the strongest basis for challenging the conclusion in the passage?
(A) Food manufacturers would respond to a ban on the label “sugar-free” by reducing the calories in sugar-free products by enough to be able to promote those products as diet foods.
(B) Individuals who are diabetic need to be able to identify products that contain no sugar by reference to product labels that expressly state that the product contains no sugar.
(C) Consumers are sometimes slow to notice changes in product labels unless those changes are themselves well advertised.
(D) Consumers who have chosen a particular weight-loss diet tend to persist with this diet if they have been warned not to expect very quick results.
(E) Exactly what appears on a product label is less important to consumer behavior than is the relative visual prominence of the different pieces of information that the label contains.

(A) supports the conclusion; (B) is a challenge, but somewhat out of scope; (C) doesn't really challenge the main argument that the labeling is intentionally deceptive; (D) again, this does not challenge the conclusion that some labels should be banned due to their deceptive nature.

(E) doesn't sound that great, but its the only thing that's left...
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18 May 2009, 02:17
priyankur_saha@ml.com wrote:
weaken the bolded part below
sondenso wrote:
The labeling of otherwise high-calorie foods as “sugar-free,” based on the replacement of all sugar by artificial sweeteners, should be prohibited by law. Such a prohibition is indicated because many consumers who need to lose weight will interpret the label “sugar-free” as synonymous with “low in calories” and harm themselves by building weight-loss diets around foods labeled “sugar-free.” Manufacturers of sugar-free foods are well aware of this tendency on the part of consumers

Which one of the following, if true, provides the strongest basis for challenging the conclusion in the passage?
(A) Food manufacturers would respond to a ban on the label “sugar-free” by reducing the calories in sugar-free products by enough to be able to promote those products as diet foods. -- NO influence or argument
(B) Individuals who are diabetic need to be able to identify products that contain no sugar by reference to product labels that expressly state that the product contains no sugar. -- IMO: If consumer reads labelling of ingredients before buying it, mere text change will not solve the purpose.
(C) Consumers are sometimes slow to notice changes in product labels unless those changes are themselves well advertised. -- Strengthen
(D) Consumers who have chosen a particular weight-loss diet tend to persist with this diet if they have been warned not to expect very quick results. OOS
(E) Exactly what appears on a product label is less important to consumer behavior than is the relative visual prominence of the different pieces of information that the label contains. OOS

Second thought, now understand why B can weaken the argument.
OA is B
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18 May 2009, 08:08
I think the key here lies in identifying the conclusion of the argument.
Here it is

many consumers who need to lose weight will interpret the label “sugar-free” as synonymous with “low in calories” and harm themselves by building weight-loss diets around foods labeled “sugar-free.

The Answer B weakens this conclusion.
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18 May 2009, 10:31
clear B
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18 May 2009, 20:54
Neochronic wrote:
I think the key here lies in identifying the conclusion of the argument.
Here it is

many consumers who need to lose weight will interpret the label “sugar-free” as synonymous with “low in calories” and harm themselves by building weight-loss diets around foods labeled “sugar-free.

The Answer B weakens this conclusion.

it doesn't make sense that the conclusion as you said
I think the conclusion is the first sentence, and the one you mentioned is premise.

I still don't know why B is about who is diabetic, what about who want to lose weight???
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25 May 2009, 21:35
sondenso wrote:
The labeling of otherwise high-calorie foods as “sugar-free,” based on the replacement of all sugar by artificial sweeteners, should be prohibited by law. Such a prohibition is indicated because many consumers who need to lose weight will interpret the label “sugar-free” as synonymous with “low in calories” and harm themselves by building weight-loss diets around foods labeled “sugar-free.” Manufacturers of sugar-free foods are well aware of this tendency on the part of consumers

Which one of the following, if true, provides the strongest basis for challenging the conclusion in the passage?
(A) Food manufacturers would respond to a ban on the label “sugar-free” by reducing the calories in sugar-free products by enough to be able to promote those products as diet foods.
(B) Individuals who are diabetic need to be able to identify products that contain no sugar by reference to product labels that expressly state that the product contains no sugar.
(C) Consumers are sometimes slow to notice changes in product labels unless those changes are themselves well advertised.
(D) Consumers who have chosen a particular weight-loss diet tend to persist with this diet if they have been warned not to expect very quick results.
(E) Exactly what appears on a product label is less important to consumer behavior than is the relative visual prominence of the different pieces of information that the label contains.

I agree with this one. I think the strongest basis for challenging the conclusion in the passage
is that consumers are sometimes slow to notice changes in product labels unless those changes are themselves well advertised.

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