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Attitudes towards Olive Oil Usage, Domestic Storage, and Knowledge of Quality: A Consumers’ Survey in Greece

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Hellenic Food Authority, Kifisias 124 & Iatridou 2, 11526 Athens, Greece
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Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition, Agricultural University of Athens, Iera Odos 75, 11855 Athens, Greece
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Academic Editor: Maria D. Mesa
Nutrients 2021, 13(11), 3709; https://doi.org/10.3390/nu13113709
Received: 29 September 2021 / Revised: 17 October 2021 / Accepted: 18 October 2021 / Published: 21 October 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Impact of Front of Pack Nutrition Label on Nutritional Behavior)
Consumption of unbranded olive oil obtained in bulk has previously been reported to be very high in Greece, underlining the need to investigate knowledge regarding its health attributes and storage practices, two areas that can affect oil quality. This study aimed to investigate Greek consumers’ use and choice of olive oil, their knowledge about its quality, as well as domestic storage practices of olive oil. A cross-sectional survey was conducted in a representative sample of 857 Greek households that consume olive oil, using a previously validated questionnaire. Most participating households use olive oil produced by themselves or by their extended family or friends (60.3%), and only 27.4% purchase branded olive oil, while 57% reported using extra virgin olive oil (EVOO). Only 38.4% of the respondents reported optimal domestic storage practices to maintain olive oil quality, with a significant greater percentage of non-producers group compared to olive oil producers. In all areas of Greece, the higher the knowledge of olive oil quality, the higher the probability of consumers selecting EVOO and perceiving olive oil price as low. The present survey highlights the need to heighten consumers’ knowledge of olive oil attributes and correct storage practices and awareness about branded EVOO and its superior quality. View Full-Text
Keywords: olive oil; consumer survey; knowledge; safety; polychoric analysis olive oil; consumer survey; knowledge; safety; polychoric analysis
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Marakis, G.; Gaitis, F.; Mila, S.; Papadimitriou, D.; Tsigarida, E.; Mousia, Z.; Karpouza, A.; Magriplis, E.; Zampelas, A. Attitudes towards Olive Oil Usage, Domestic Storage, and Knowledge of Quality: A Consumers’ Survey in Greece. Nutrients 2021, 13, 3709. https://doi.org/10.3390/nu13113709

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Marakis G, Gaitis F, Mila S, Papadimitriou D, Tsigarida E, Mousia Z, Karpouza A, Magriplis E, Zampelas A. Attitudes towards Olive Oil Usage, Domestic Storage, and Knowledge of Quality: A Consumers’ Survey in Greece. Nutrients. 2021; 13(11):3709. https://doi.org/10.3390/nu13113709

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Marakis, Georgios, Fragiskos Gaitis, Spyridoula Mila, Dimitra Papadimitriou, Eirini Tsigarida, Zoe Mousia, Aggeliki Karpouza, Emmanuella Magriplis, and Antonios Zampelas. 2021. "Attitudes towards Olive Oil Usage, Domestic Storage, and Knowledge of Quality: A Consumers’ Survey in Greece" Nutrients 13, no. 11: 3709. https://doi.org/10.3390/nu13113709

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