Public views of the benefits and barriers to the consumption of a plant-based diet

Lea, E.J., Crawford, David and Worsley, Anthony 2006, Public views of the benefits and barriers to the consumption of a plant-based diet, European journal of clinical nutrition, vol. 60, no. 7, pp. 828-837.

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Title Public views of the benefits and barriers to the consumption of a plant-based diet
Author(s) Lea, E.J.
Crawford, David
Worsley, Anthony
Journal name European journal of clinical nutrition
Volume number 60
Issue number 7
Start page 828
End page 837
Publisher Nature Publishing Group
Place of publication London, England
Publication date 2006
ISSN 0954-3007
1476-5640
Keyword(s) beliefs
benefits
barriers
plant-based diet
diet surveys
Australia
Summary Objective: The aim of this study was to examine consumers' perceived benefits and barriers to the consumption of a plant-based diet. Design: Mail survey that included questions on perceived benefits and barriers to the consumption of a plant-based diet. Setting: Victoria, Australia. Subjects: Four hundred and fifteen randomly selected Victorian adults. Results: The main perceived barrier to adoption of a plant-based diet was a lack of information about plant-based diets (42% agreement). Sex, age and education differences were present in over a quarter of the barrier items. For example, non-university-educated respondents and older people were less willing to change their current eating pattern than were university educated and younger respondents. The main benefits associated with plant-based diets were health benefits, particularly decreased saturated fat intake (79% agreement), increased fibre intake (76%), and disease prevention (70%). Age, sex and education differences with regard to benefits were apparent, although sex differences were more important than age or education differences. Conclusions: The majority of respondents perceived there to be health benefits associated with the consumption of a plant-based diet. Compared with the proportion of respondents who agreed that there were particular benefits of eating a plant-based diet, perceived barriers were relatively low. An understanding of the perceived benefits and barriers of consuming a plant-based diet will help formulate strategies that aim to influence beliefs about plant foods, plant food consumption, and, ultimately, public health.

Language eng
Field of Research 111199 Nutrition and Dietetics not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2008, Nature Publishing Group
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