The steady increase in the global food demand requires alternative sources. Food sources from invertebrates could be a viable alternative. Despite a growing interest in terrestrial invertebrates as novel food, Western consumers have to cope with fears and taboos. This research aims to investigate possible communication strategies of novel food through labels. To understand the complexity underlying food choice and novel food attitude, two studies were carried out. In Study 1, the main drivers in the food decision-making process were identified. Based on these results, in Study 2, two different food labels for crackers made with earthworm flour were designed. Applying a neurophysiological approach, we measured participants’ neuropsychophysiological activation and behavioural response while watching food labels. A video on nutritional and ecological issues was shown to consumers to reduce aversion towards earthworms as food. The results in Study 1 indicate health and sensory dimensions as the major drivers in food choice. The data of Study 2 supported the effectiveness of the statement about nutritional qualities of the products on male participants, who tend to have a more positive reaction than female participants toward the novel product made with earthworm flour when the label’s claim focuses on nutritional advantages. Limitations and practical implications are discussed.
Novel Food-Based Product Communication: A Neurophysiological Study / V. Russo, G. Songa, L. Emma Milani Marin, C.M. Balzaretti, D.E.A. Tedesco. - In: NUTRIENTS. - ISSN 2072-6643. - 12:7(2020 Jul 15).
|Titolo:||Novel Food-Based Product Communication: A Neurophysiological Study|
BALZARETTI, CLAUDIA MARIA (Penultimo)
TEDESCO, DORIANA EUROSIA ANGELA (Ultimo)
|Parole Chiave:||food choice; novel food label; neurophysiology; consumer psychology;|
|Settore Scientifico Disciplinare:||Settore AGR/18 - Nutrizione e Alimentazione Animale|
|Data di pubblicazione:||15-lug-2020|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/nu12072092|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||01 - Articolo su periodico|