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Making Sense of Information Overload: Consumer Ranking of Nutritional Claims in Cereal Based Products

Publicado en:Nutrients. 11 (12): - 2019-12-01 11(12), doi: 10.3390/nu11122858

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Centro de Investigación y Tecnología Agroalimentaria de Aragón - Entidad de origen
Ctr Invest & Tecnol Agroalimentaria Aragon CITA, Unidad Econ Agroalimentaria & Recursos Nat, Zaragoza 50059, Spain - Autor o Coautor
European Commiss, Joint Res Ctr JRC, Seville 41092, Spain - Autor o Coautor
Univ Zaragoza, CITA, Inst Agroalimentario Aragon IA2, Zaragoza 50059, Spain - Autor o Coautor


Resúmen: © 2019 by the authors. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland. As a result of increased consumer awareness, demand for healthier food products is increasing day by day. Consumers seek healthier versions of food products which they relate to reduced presence of unhealthy components or increased presence of healthy ones. As a result, the food industry has not only increased the variety of products available but also uses nutritional claims to signal the presence of more substances. As an average consumer at the supermarket devotes just a few seconds to selecting each product, they are only able or willing to process that information that immediately attracts their attention or that is felt to be more important to them. This paper analyses how consumers rank different nutritional claims for two processed cereal products. Five claims were chosen to reflect the current market landscape of availability, and that relates to both “healthy” (i.e., fiber) and “unhealthy” (i.e., fat) substances. We use a direct ranking preference method with data from a survey conducted with consumers in a Spanish region in 2017. Results show that the ranking of claims differs between the two products (biscuits and pastries) and across consumers. However, consumers prefer those that show reduced presence of unhealthy substances above those that highlight the presence of healthy ones. Therefore, policy to maximize the impact of nutritional labelling should be product-specific.

Palabras clave: Aragón; Biscuits; Cheese; Consumer preferences; Health claims; Nutritional labels; Obesity; Pastries; Preferences

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