Children’s reaction to sugar reduced dairy desserts in the context of the implementation of nutritional warning labels: an exploratory study

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Children’s reaction to sugar reduced dairy desserts in the context of the implementation of nutritional warning labels: an exploratory study

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NUTRICION INFANTIL
REDUCCION DE AZUCAR
ETIQUETADO NUTRICIONAL
BIBLIOGRAFIA NACIONAL QUIMICA
2023

Abstract

The aim of the present work was to explore children’s reaction to sugar reduction in the context of the imple mentation of nutritional warnings in Uruguay. The study was composed of two sessions involving three evalu ation conditions: tasting without package information, package evaluation without tasting, and tasting with package information. A total of 122 children, ages ranging between 6 and 13 years old (47% girls) were involved in the study. In the first session, children’s hedonic and emotional response to a regular and a sugar-reduced chocolate dairy dessert (without other sweeteners) was evaluated. In the second session, children first evalu ated their expected liking, emotional associations and choice of packages differing in the presence of warning labels for excessive sugar content and cartoon character (2x2 design). Finally, they tasted the selected sample in the presence of the package and evaluated their liking, emotional associations, and intention to re-taste it. Although sugar reduction led to a significant reduction in overall liking, the dessert with 40% sugar reduction showed a mean overall score of 6.5 in a 9-point hedonic scale and was described using positive emoji ( , , ). When the desserts were tasted with package information, no significant differences in the expected overall liking of the regular and sugar-reduced dessert were found. Regarding the effect of packaging elements, the presence of a warning label highlighting excessive content of sugar did not have a significant effect on children’s choice. Instead, children’s choices were defined by the presence of a cartoon character. Results from the present work provide additional evidence about the feasibility of reducing the sugar content and sweetness of dairy products targeted at children and stress the need to regulate the use of cartoon characters on products with an unfavorable nutritional profile.Methodological recommendations for sensory and consumer research with children are also discussed.

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Velázquez, Ana Laura
Vidal, Leticia
Antúnez, Lucía
Alcaire, Florencia
Varela, Paula
Ares, Gastón

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Food Research International, v.170, 2023. -- e113001

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Elsevier

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2023

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11 p.

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10.1016/j.foodres.2023.113001

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October 25, 2023
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Velázquez, Ana Laura, “Children’s reaction to sugar reduced dairy desserts in the context of the implementation of nutritional warning labels: an exploratory study,” RIQUIM - Repositorio Institucional de la Facultad de Química - UdelaR, accessed April 19, 2024, https://riquim.fq.edu.uy/items/show/6726.
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