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Title: Do we provide meaningful guidance for healthful eating? An investigation into consumers' interpretation of frequency consumption terms
Authors: King L; Watson WL; Chapman K; Kelly B; Louie JC; Hughes C; Crawford J; Gill TP
Categories: Prevention - Dietary Interventions to Reduce Cancer Risk and Nutritional Science in Cancer Prevention
Keywords: Adolescent; Humans; Interviews as Topic; Male; methods; Middle Aged; Nutrition Policy; Public Health; Questionnaires; standards; Terminology as Topic; Adult; Uncertainty; Young Adult; Aged; Australia; Consumer Participation; Female; Food; Health; Health Knowledge,Attitudes,Practice
Year: 2014
Journal Title: Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior
Volume: 44
Issue: 5
Page number start: 459
Page number end: 463
Abstract: OBJECTIVE: To investigate consumers' understanding of terms commonly used to provide guidance about frequency and quantity of food consumption. METHODS: A survey of 405 shoppers explored how frequently consumers thought food labeled with the terms 'eat often,' 'eat moderately,' 'eat occasionally,' 'a sometimes food,' and 'an extra food' should be eaten. In a separate phase, 30 grocery buyers responded to open-ended questions about their interpretation of these terms. RESULTS: Responses indicated significant differences in meaning between the terms. However, the specific interpretation of each term varied considerably across respondents. The qualitative research found the terms to be highly subjective, and there was a high degree of uncertainty about the meaning of the term 'an extra food' in particular. CONCLUSIONS AND IMPLICATIONS: Food frequency and descriptive terms currently used do not provide meaningful or consistent nutritional guidance. There is a need for simple, unambiguous terminology
Division: Cancer Research Division
DOI: 10.1016/j.jneb.2011.12.004
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