Snacks With Nutrition Labels: Tastiness Perception, Healthiness Perception, and Willingness to Pay by Norwegian Adolescents

Qing Wang, Marije Oostindjer, Gro Amdam, Bjørg Egelandsdal

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Abstract

Objective: Consumers tend to have the perception that healthy equals less tasty. This study aimed to identify whether information provided by the Keyhole symbol, a widely used front-of-package symbol in Nordic countries to indicate nutritional content, and percent daily values (%DVs) affect Norwegian adolescents' perception of the healthiness of snacks and their intention to buy them. Design: Two tasks were used to evaluate adolescents' perception of snacks with the Keyhole symbol: with %DVs or with no nutrition label. A third task was used to test their abilities to use %DVs (pairwise selections). A survey obtained personal attributes. Participants: A total of 566 Norwegian adolescents. Main Outcome Measures: Taste perception, health perception, and ability to use %DVs. Analysis: Linear mixed models and logistic models that tested effects of labels and personal attributes on main outcome measures. Results: The Keyhole symbol increased health perception without influencing taste perception of snacks. Norwegian adolescents had limited abilities to use information from the %DVs correctly to identify healthier foods. Conclusions and Implications: Norwegian adolescents had a positive perception of the Keyhole symbols. Keyhole symbols as a simple, heuristic front-of-package label have potential as an information strategy that may influence self-efficacy in promoting healthy snack choices among adolescents.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)104-111.e1
JournalJournal of Nutrition Education and Behavior
Volume48
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 1 2016

Keywords

  • Adolescents
  • Norway
  • Nutrition labels
  • Snacks

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Nutrition and Dietetics

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