Food exemplar salience. What foods do people think of when you tell them to change their diet?

Carolyn R. Brown-Kramer, Marc T. Kiviniemi, Julie A. Winseman

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Abstract

Understanding which specific foods easily come to mind when individuals consider categories of dietary behavior may help explain observed patterns of dietary intake. We examined which specific behavioral exemplars are most easily retrieved from memory when individuals consider broad dietary categories. Participants reported specific foods that come to mind when considering high fat foods, low fat foods, and fruits/vegetables. Salient foods differed from those suggested in dietary guidelines, were distinct from those known to be major diet components, and showed a non-trivial number of incorrect responses. These findings have implications for understanding how individuals respond to dietary guidelines and devising effective intervention strategies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)753-756
Number of pages4
JournalAppetite
Volume52
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2009

Keywords

  • Accessibility of food choices in memory
  • Diet
  • Nutrition

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology (all)
  • Nutrition and Dietetics

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