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Are the Dutch acquainted with and willing to try healthful food products? The role of food neophobia.
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PMID:  17686201     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVES: To assess participants' acquaintance with and willingness to try healthful food alternatives, and to test the psychometric properties of an adapted Dutch version of the Food Neophobia Scale (FNS) in order to study the role of food neophobia in this context. DESIGN: A cross-sectional study incorporating two web-based questionnaires, including a retest of the FNS one week later. Measures included acquaintance with and willingness to try 15 healthful food alternatives, level of food neophobia, level of education, gender and age. Multiple linear regression analyses were used to study associations between demographics and level of food neophobia as well as associations between level of food neophobia and acquaintance with and willingness to try the healthful alternatives. SETTING: The study was conducted in The Netherlands using a representative Internet panel. PARTICIPANTS: A total of 326 participants aged 18-50 years participated. RESULTS: Internal consistency and test-retest reliability of the FNS version used were sufficient. On average participants were acquainted with 7.9 of the products and modestly willing to try the products. Lowly educated participants had significantly higher FNS scores than highly educated participants (beta = -0.23, P < 0.01). FNS score was significantly associated with acquaintance with (beta = -0.21, P < 0.001) and willingness to try the healthful alternatives (beta = -0.26, P < 0.001). CONCLUSION: Further research into the role of food neophobia is warranted when wanting to stimulate the integration of healthful alternative products in the daily diet, especially among persons with low education.
B Schickenberg; P van Assema; J Brug; N K de Vries
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't     Date:  2007-08-09
Journal Detail:
Title:  Public health nutrition     Volume:  11     ISSN:  1368-9800     ISO Abbreviation:  Public Health Nutr     Publication Date:  2008 May 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-04-15     Completed Date:  2008-07-29     Revised Date:  2010-03-23    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9808463     Medline TA:  Public Health Nutr     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  493-500     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Health Education and Promotion, Maastricht University, PO Box 616, 6200 MD Maastricht, The Netherlands.
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MeSH Terms
Age Distribution
Cross-Sectional Studies
Educational Status*
Feeding Behavior
Food Preferences*
Health Food*
Health Promotion / organization & administration*
Middle Aged
Nutrition Policy
Phobic Disorders / epidemiology*
Sex Distribution

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