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Purpose: To determine how adults and registered dietitians RDs perceived foods according to a frequency continuum, and to assess the differences between them. Methods: A sample of 1002 adults and 566 RDs were recruited. Participants had to associate 51 foods with a frequency continuum -daily- -occasional- or -sometimes-. Food groups were created: 1 Canada’s Food Guide’s groups CFG n = 22, 2 High in Fat or High in Sugar foods HFHS n = 16, and 3 Meals n = 13. Results: CFG were perceived as -daily- foods adults = 56.8%, RDs = 94.5%, HFHS as -sometimes- foods adults = 67.2%, RDs = 59.6% and Meals as -occasional- foods adults = 75.8%, RDs = 58.2%. Adults all age groups perceived that CFG and Meals should be eaten less frequently than RDs 18 to 64 years old. Younger adults perceived these two groups as to be eaten more frequently than older respondents. Adults perceived HFHS as to be consumed less frequently than RDs no age effect. Conclusions: While adults tend to have more severe perceptions than RDs, results show that their food perceptions are in line with an overall awareness of Canadian nutrition guidelines, suggesting the presence of a relevant popular knowledge about the value of food.


Food; Perception; Frequency; Dietitian

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K. Cloutier, L. Mongeau, M. Pageau and V. Provencher -Food Perceptions among Adults and Registered Dietitians:Are They Similar?,- Food and Nutrition Sciences, Vol. 4 No. 10A, 2013, pp. 2-8. doi: 10.4236-fns.2013.410A002.

Author: Kathleen Cloutier, Lyne Mongeau, Martine Pageau, Véronique Provencher



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