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Nutritional altruism and functional food: lay discourses on probiotics.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  20456684     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
This exploratory study set out to analyse discourse about 'friendly bacteria' by scrutinising data from focus groups convened to discuss participants' reasons for choosing probiotic food products and to set their use of probiotics in context in relation to other food choices. In discussing food choice and dietary patterns, participants in the five focus groups reported here drew on a major interpretive repertoire - that of 'nutritional altruism' in which participants described making choices and preparing food which they believed would benefit others. Those caring for children or shopping for a family member with an illness or disability expressed this imperative to make decisions which would benefit the other most acutely. So far, much research has focused upon the sensory qualities and perceived health benefits for individual consumers, but this study begins to explore the discourses drawn upon when people describe why they might buy food for others. The findings have implications for health education, but also reflect a broader socio-political trend in that risks and benefits are devolved and managed at the level of individual citizens and through processes of individual choice and consumption.
Paul Crawford; Brian Brown; Brigitte Nerlich; Nelya Koteyko
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't     Date:  2010-04-26
Journal Detail:
Title:  Sociology of health & illness     Volume:  32     ISSN:  1467-9566     ISO Abbreviation:  Sociol Health Illn     Publication Date:  2010 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-07-21     Completed Date:  2011-01-06     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8205036     Medline TA:  Sociol Health Illn     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  745-60     Citation Subset:  IM    
School of Nursing, Midwifery and Physiotherapy, The University of Nottingham, Derby, DE1 2QY.
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MeSH Terms
Decision Making
Focus Groups
Food Habits
Functional Food*
Great Britain
Health Education
Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice*
Nutritional Status*
Qualitative Research

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