Navigation Links
Consumers Offer to Pay More to Satisfy Health Demands

Health Perceptions of Trans Fats Plummet and Soy Skyrocket in Functional

Foods Boom

ST. LOUIS, Sept. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Anyone aware of the expression "put your money where your mouth is" knows that spending choices can illuminate our priorities, as individuals and as a nation. So, food companies, restaurants and home cooks that provide healthy options should take heart: U.S. consumers are willing to increase grocery spending for healthier foods -- a major turning point in shopping behavior. The reasons? Consumers are trying to avoid trans fats, increase intake of the "good fats" or boost consumption of beneficial ingredients like soy protein. Results released today from the 2007 Consumer Attitudes about Nutrition survey -- the 14th annual research study sponsored by the United Soybean Board (USB) -- uncovered these findings.

The study found 60 percent of consumers express a willingness to pay extra for healthier foods, reversing a four-year downward trend and a seven percent rise over 2006 alone. Independent market research by groups, such as Global Industry Analysts, confirms this surge. They report the functional foods market is expected to reach $109 billion by 2010 due to key factors, such as growing income levels, changing lifestyles, increasing health awareness, the trend towards convenience foods and an aging population.

"The fact that consumers say they will dig deeper into their pocketbooks for healthier versions of food represents a significant shift in attitude," said Lisa Kelly, MPH, R.D. "Consumers want nutritious products that are readily available at the grocery store. Fortunately, healthful eating can be quite affordable."

As a prime example of desired food product changes, two-thirds of consumers in the USB study say they would be more likely to purchase a favorite product if it were reformulated with zero grams trans fat and noted on the package, up 10 percent over last year. Half of today's consumers report it unlikely they would purchase foods with trans fat listed on the label.

News and information about "good" versus "bad" fats also resonates with these health-minded shoppers. In a continuing upward trend, 62 percent of consumers report that implementing a moderate-fat diet, including "good fats," is an effective strategy for improving overall health (up 15 percent over 2006). And, 70 percent of consumers rate omega-3 fatty acids as healthy.

"Our nation's soybean growers are proud that soybean oil provides a heart-smart solution for consumers," noted Steve Poole, Director of Soy Protein and Edible Oils programs for USB. Soybean oil, commonly labeled as vegetable oil, contains zero grams of trans fat, no cholesterol and is low in saturated fat -- a fat Poole cautions consumers to also "keep a watchful eye on for intake." Soybean oil provides the poly- and monounsaturated ("good") fats that reduce cholesterol and the risk of heart disease when replacing saturated fats in the diet, along with heart-healthy vitamin E and omega-3 fatty acids.

Turning to soy protein, consumer perception of soy's healthfulness jumped to 85 percent in 2007, up 18 percent from 1998. In fact, a growing number of consumers specifically seek out food products listing soy as an ingredient in order to reap the health benefits of soy, up 10 points over the last three years. "Americans recognize soy for its health benefits, especially in regard to aiding weight management, promoting heart health and reducing the risk of some cancers," added Poole. Soy is an increasingly popular choice at home and dining out, with 25 percent using soy foods or beverages at least once a week.

USB's fourteenth annual Consumer Attitudes about Nutrition survey was conducted by an independent research firm. The study includes 1,000 random online surveys conducted in February and March of 2007, providing a sample that is consistent with the total American population. The margin of error is +/- 1.9 to 3.1 percent and has a confidence level of 95 percent. The United Soybean Board is a farmer-led organization comprised of 64 farmer-directors. USB oversees the investments of the soybean checkoff on behalf of all U.S. soybean farmers. For more soy health information, visit

SOURCE United Soybean Board
Copyright©2007 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Identifying What Consumers Look For On Food Stuff Labels
2. Consumers Becoming More Health Conscious Than Calorie Conscious
3. With More Appearance Conscious Consumers The Need For Slimming Products Is Rapidly Rising
4. Consumers of soft drinks to be more alert
5. Consumers Worried About Trans-Fats The Most
6. Chocolate makers to be health wise and urge consumers to be too!
7. Chicken Prices Show an Upward Trend – Consumers, Not Scared Chicken Anymor
8. Singapore Warns Consumers Against Indian Medicine for Treating Piles
9. Consumers way off the mark in measuring calorie content in fast foods
10. Labeling of Dairy Products with Trans fat labels, Misleading to Consumers
11. Consumers, Caregivers Taking Steps to Safer Surgery
Post Your Comments:
(Date:11/26/2015)... ... November 26, 2015 , ... ... retro-fused, self-animating trailer titles with ProTrailer: Vintage. This newly styled ProTrailer pack comes ... titles work with any font, giving users limitless opportunities to stylize and create ...
(Date:11/25/2015)... , ... November 25, 2015 , ... ... more aggressive than those found on mammography, according to a study published online ... additional cancers not seen on mammography may necessitate a change in treatment. , ...
(Date:11/25/2015)... MN (PRWEB) , ... November 25, 2015 , ... Finnleo, ... through Christmas Eve on several models of traditional and far-infrared saunas. , ... Nordic Spruce is the most traditional Finnish sauna wood, and Finnleo uses only European ...
(Date:11/25/2015)... ... , ... Dr. John Pierce, Medical Director at the Ageless Forever clinic in ... Capillus272™ Pro laser therapy cap. FDA cleared for safety and efficacy, the Capillus272 offers ... for surgery, prescription pills, or topical foams. , “Capillus272™ Pro is a home-use ...
(Date:11/25/2015)... ... November 25, 2015 , ... For the first time, Vitalalert is ... One Beat ” campaign. The partnership between the two groups began in 2014 with ... International’s cause. , MAP International was founded in 1954 and is an international Christian-based ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:11/26/2015)... UTRECHT , Nederland, November 26, 2015 ... --> Een nieuwe aanpak combineert ... van gevorderde kanker. ... -->      (Photo: ... van het Leids Universitair Medisch Centrum (LUMC) ...
(Date:11/26/2015)... , November 26, 2015 3D bioprinting ... 2022, according to a new report by Grand View Research ... Disease (CKD) which demands kidney transplantation is expected to boost ... effective substitute for organ transplantation. --> 3D bioprinting ... 2022, according to a new report by Grand View Research ...
(Date:11/26/2015)... 26, 2015 ... of the  "2016 Future Horizons and ... Surface Testing Market: Supplier Shares, Competitive ... offering.  --> ) ... "2016 Future Horizons and Growth Strategies ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: