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Meat tastes good, legumes are healthy and meat substitutes are still strange - The practice of protein consumption among Swedish consumers

Röös, Elin and de Groote, Annica and Stephan, Andreas (2022). Meat tastes good, legumes are healthy and meat substitutes are still strange - The practice of protein consumption among Swedish consumers. Appetite. 174 , 106002
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Replacing some meat with grain legumes would benefit human health, the environment and agriculture. This study analysed legume and meat consumption practices by investigating consumer perceptions and competences relating to lightly processed grain legumes (LPL), legume-based meat substitutes (LBMS) and meat in Sweden, and how these (and demographic variables) influenced stated intention to change consumption. Major differences in consumer perceptions of LPL and LBMS compared with meat related to product attractiveness and status, with meat seen as more fun, popular, suitable in diets and for festive occasions, and tastier. Most consumers knew of the environmental impact of meat and health benefits of LPL. Country of origin, i.e. Swedish origin, was important for many consumers (especially for meat and women). Preferences relating to health and environmental impact were important for intention to decrease meat consumption. Perceived environmental impact was important for intention to change consumption of LPL, but taste, healthiness, weight control, ease of preparation and suitability in the diet were equally or more important. Leveraging stated consumer willingness and intention to eat more LPL by making LPL more accessible to consumers could increase their consumption. For LBMS, there are still important barriers in terms of taste, familiarity and overall attractiveness of these products that need to be overcome to increase their consumption in Sweden.

Authors/Creators:Röös, Elin and de Groote, Annica and Stephan, Andreas
Title:Meat tastes good, legumes are healthy and meat substitutes are still strange - The practice of protein consumption among Swedish consumers
Series Name/Journal:Appetite
Year of publishing :2022
Volume:174
Article number:106002
Number of Pages:8
Publisher:ACADEMIC PRESS LTD- ELSEVIER SCIENCE LTD
ISSN:0195-6663
Language:English
Publication Type:Research article
Article category:Scientific peer reviewed
Version:Published version
Copyright:Creative Commons: Attribution 4.0
Full Text Status:Public
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 4 Agricultural Sciences > 401 Agricultural, Forestry and Fisheries > Food Science
(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 5 Social Sciences > 509 Other Social Sciences > Social Sciences Interdisciplinary (Peace and Conflict Research and Studies on Sustainable Society)
URN:NBN:urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-117397
Permanent URL:
http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-117397
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Type of IDID
DOI10.1016/j.appet.2022.106002
Web of Science (WoS)000796915400008
ID Code:28304
Faculty:NJ - Fakulteten för naturresurser och jordbruksvetenskap
Department:(NL, NJ) > Dept. of Energy and Technology
Deposited By: SLUpub Connector
Deposited On:13 Jun 2022 07:25
Metadata Last Modified:13 Jun 2022 07:31

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