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The symbolization of eggs in American culture: a sociologic analysis.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  11023004     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: To demonstrate that the recent decline in egg consumption in the United States was, in part, the result of a food scare that began in the 1960's. METHODS: Using the Reader's Guide to Periodical Literature, the frequency of articles about eggs, dietary cholesterol and heart disease in popular magazines was obtained. A content analysis was performed on a random sample of these articles. RESULTS: The increased trend in magazine articles and public statements by groups such as the American Heart Association linking eggs, blood cholesterol and heart disease is associated with the downward trend in egg consumption. CONCLUSIONS: Public exposure to negative messages about particular foods can contribute to a decline in their consumption. Exposure to more consistently positive messages about foods can bring about an increase in the consumption of those foods.
W A McIntosh
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of the American College of Nutrition     Volume:  19     ISSN:  0731-5724     ISO Abbreviation:  J Am Coll Nutr     Publication Date:  2000 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2001-01-10     Completed Date:  2001-06-07     Revised Date:  2008-06-23    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8215879     Medline TA:  J Am Coll Nutr     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  532S-539S     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Rural Sociology, Texas A&M University, College Station 77843-2125, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Cholesterol, Dietary / adverse effects*
Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
Health Promotion / trends*
Heart Diseases / etiology,  prevention & control*
Mass Media / statistics & numerical data,  trends
Periodicals as Topic / statistics & numerical data,  trends*
Policy Making
Social Environment*
Time Factors
United States
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Cholesterol, Dietary

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