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Factors Predicting the Intention of Eating an Insect-Based Product

Department of Veterinary Sciences, University of Pisa, Viale delle Piagge 2, 56124 Pisa, Italy
Department of Food and Drug, University of Parma, Parco Area delle Scienze 27/A, 43124 Parma, Italy
Interdepartmental Research Center Nutrafood “Nutraceuticals and Food for Health”, University of Pisa, Via del Borghetto 80, 56124 Pisa, Italy
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Foods 2019, 8(7), 270;
Received: 26 June 2019 / Revised: 16 July 2019 / Accepted: 18 July 2019 / Published: 19 July 2019
This study provides a framework of the factors predicting the intention of eating an insect-based product. As part of the study, a seminar was carried out to explore how the provision of information about ecological, health, and gastronomic aspects of entomophagy would modify consumer beliefs regarding insects as food. Before and after the informative seminar, two questionnaires about sociodemographic attributes and beliefs about the consumption of insects as food were given. Participants were then asked to carry out a sensory evaluation of two identical bread samples, but one was claimed to be supplemented with insect powder. Results showed that perceived behavioral control is the main predictor of the intention, followed by neophobia and personal insect food rejection. The disgust factor significantly decreased after the participants attended the informative seminar. Sensory scores highlighted that participants gave “insect-labelled” samples higher scores for flavor, texture, and overall liking, nevertheless, participants indicated that they were less likely to use the “insect-labelled” bread in the future. Our findings provide a better understanding of insect food rejection behavior and help to predict the willingness to try insect-based products based on some important individual traits and information. View Full-Text
Keywords: entomophagy; novel food; neophobia; disgust; edible insects entomophagy; novel food; neophobia; disgust; edible insects
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Mancini, S.; Sogari, G.; Menozzi, D.; Nuvoloni, R.; Torracca, B.; Moruzzo, R.; Paci, G. Factors Predicting the Intention of Eating an Insect-Based Product. Foods 2019, 8, 270.

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Mancini S, Sogari G, Menozzi D, Nuvoloni R, Torracca B, Moruzzo R, Paci G. Factors Predicting the Intention of Eating an Insect-Based Product. Foods. 2019; 8(7):270.

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Mancini, Simone, Giovanni Sogari, Davide Menozzi, Roberta Nuvoloni, Beatrice Torracca, Roberta Moruzzo, and Gisella Paci. 2019. "Factors Predicting the Intention of Eating an Insect-Based Product" Foods 8, no. 7: 270.

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