Time orientation and risk perception moderate the influence of sodium warnings on food choice: Implications for the design of communication campaigns

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Time orientation and risk perception moderate the influence of sodium warnings on food choice: Implications for the design of communication campaigns

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SODIO
INFORMACION NUTRICIONAL
PERCEPCION DEL RIESGO
BIBLIOGRAFIA NACIONAL QUIMICA
2020

Abstract

The inclusion of sodium warnings on food packages has been proposed as a means to encourage population to reduce sodium intake. However, consumers who focus on today rather than tomorrow or consumers who downplay or underestimate risks might pay little attention to warnings. The aim of the present study was to explore whether time orientation and perceived risk of sodium consumption may moderate the influence of sodium warnings on food choices. An online study involving 498 Uruguayan participants was carried out. Participants evaluated pairs of bread packages differing in three 2-level variables (sodium warning, type of bread and brand) and were asked to indicate the one they would choose if they were in a supermarket. Then, they answered a scale on ‘consideration of future consequences’ adapted to eating habits, and responded to statements measuring perceived risk of sodium consumption. Results revealed that sodium warnings had a significant effect on participants' choices. However, the efficacy of warnings was moderated by time orientation and risk perception. A focus on immediate consequences and thinking that the risk associated with sodium consumption can be compensated, decreased the efficacy of the sodium warning. These results provide experimental evidence of the potential of warnings to discourage consumption of products with high sodium content and suggest that communication campaigns accompanying the introduction of warnings should promote a future-oriented vision on eating habits, raise risk awareness and stress that the risks are not easily compensated.

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Rojas-Vivas, Edgar
Antúnez, Lucía
Cuffia, Facundo
Otterbring, Tobías
Aschemann-Witzel, Jessica
Giménez, Ana
Ares, Gastón

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Appetite. v. 147, 2020. -- p. 1-7.--e104562

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Academic Press

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2020

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May 12, 2020
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Bibliografía Nacional Química
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Rojas-Vivas, Edgar, “Time orientation and risk perception moderate the influence of sodium warnings on food choice: Implications for the design of communication campaigns,” RIQUIM - Repositorio Institucional de la Facultad de Química - UdelaR, accessed August 13, 2020, http://riquim.fq.edu.uy/items/show/6057.
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