Influence of mothers’ nutrition knowledge and attitudes on their purchase intention for infant cereal with no added sugar claim

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Abstract

A higher sugar intake in infancy might result in a predisposition to a higher sugar intake in later childhood. In Taiwan, many commercial infant and toddler foods with nutrition claims have high sugar content. This study explored the influence of mothers’ knowledge and attitudes on their purchase intention for infant food with nutrition claims. This study was a cross-sectional survey. An online survey was distributed to 940 mothers who had a child aged between 4 months and 3 years; 40% of mothers tend to misunderstand that “no added sugar” (NAS) indicates no sugar or less sugar content and, thus, that NAS infant cereal is healthy. Approximately 50-70% of mothers believe that NAS infant cereal is more natural, healthier, and contains less sugar. Attitude toward the NAS claim was found to be a mediating variable between sugar-related knowledge and purchase intention. The lower the level of sugar-related knowledge was, the more positive the attitude toward NAS infant cereal and the higher the purchase intention for NAS infant cereal were. In the future, regulation of no added sugar is needed to avoid the misleading information and mothers’ sugar-related knowledge need to be improved through nutrition education.

Original languageEnglish
Article number435
JournalNutrients
Volume10
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 1 2018

Keywords

  • Attitude
  • Infant
  • Mother
  • No added sugar
  • Nutrition knowledge
  • Purchase intention
  • Sugar
  • Nutritive Value
  • Humans
  • Infant Food
  • Child, Preschool
  • Commerce
  • Mothers
  • Adult
  • Female
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Edible Grain
  • Appetite
  • Dietary Sugars/administration & dosage
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Food Labeling
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
  • Energy Intake
  • Consumer Behavior
  • Taiwan
  • Intention

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Food Science
  • Nutrition and Dietetics

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