It showed that people still prefer taste over health, and that healthy snack food, according to the interviewed, needs to be improved taste-wise. Datamoniter observed that health snacks are claiming their products are beneficial, and, rather than simply noting the absence of fat or carbohydrates, the snacks have things such as antioxidants.
The underlying assumption in any dietary recommendation, of course, is that people can freely choose what they eat. To some degree, of course, this is true — most adults have the final say about what goes into their mouth and stomach. But a recent study helps demonstrate how hard it is to overcome perceptions about taste when choosing, or rejecting, healthier food items.
As noted in an article on the study at DiabetesInControl. They were then given nutrition information about each kind of yogurt, and asked which kind they would buy if given the option. When asked about why they made their yogurt choice, self-described unhealthy eaters were less likely than healthy eaters to say that nutrition played a role in their decision — perhaps not a surprise.
This suggests that actual taste, rather than an assumption about how a food will taste, may be the main reason why consumers choose certain unhealthy foods. For this reason, the researchers recommend improving product packaging for healthier foods, as well as trying to improve the actual taste of these items.
How big of a role does taste play in your food decisions — is it always the dominant consideration, or do you sometimes sacrifice taste for a food that you know is better for you?
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As a T1D, I can on occasion work that cupcake into my meal plan, in which case I am going to choose the best-tasting cupcake, e. Yogurt is an interesting choice for a study on taste preferences since yogurts run the gamut in taste from sour or tart to very sweet. Fat affects mouth feel, too.
Maybe I am more analytical than most study participants? Our taste preferences are also affected by visual appeal back to that cupcake and social setting what a companion is eating. All comments are moderated and there may be a delay in the publication of your comment.
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Overall Health. Since organic food is not prepared using chemical fertilizers, which usually does taste better than produce that has been frozen, shipped, and transported across long distances. Reading this article reminded me of an article I read last semester, about mindless eating, and which touched on another study which showed that people preferred taste to health.