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Consumer Perception and Insights on Fats and Fatty Acids: Knowledge on the Quality of Diet Fat

Diekman C. · Malcolm K.

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aUniversity Nutrition, Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis, Mo., USA; bMillward Brown, Warwick, UK

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Connie Diekman, M. Ed., RD

University Nutrition, Washington University in St. Louis

One Brookings Drive, Box 1103

St. Louis, MO 63130-4899 (USA)

Tel. +1 314 935 4439, Fax +1 314 935 8935, E-Mail connie_diekman@wustl.edu

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Ann Nutr Metab 2009;54(suppl 1):25–32

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Abstract

Background: Research indicates that consumers do not understand dietary fat, either the importance of the quality or the quantity of fats needed for health. Previous consumer surveys suggest the priority placed on fat in various nutrition communications (i.e., low fat or reduction in fats) has contributed to this confusion. Methods: This consumer study was carried out in 16 countries in two waves, investigating in total 6,426 subjects. The survey was conducted by phone, internet and face-to-face interviews, depending on the acceptable method for the population. Participants, aged 18–70 years, were the main family shopper. Results: Knowledge about fat is conflicted, including which fats have health benefits; 59% of respondents think fat should be avoided, 65% think a low-fat diet is a healthy diet and 38% claim to avoid foods containing fat. Respondents were aware of different types of fats but did not know which ones were healthier. Omegas have the greatest level of recognition but at the same time many people do not realize they are fats. Conclusions: Around half of consumers do not know whether fats are good or bad, meaning they do not know what to eat.

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Published online: July 30, 2009
Issue release date: July 2009

Number of Print Pages: 8
Number of Figures: 0
Number of Tables: 6

ISSN: 0250-6807 (Print)
eISSN: 1421-9697 (Online)

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