Special Issue "Food Consumption Behavior during the COVID-19 Pandemic"

A special issue of Foods (ISSN 2304-8158). This special issue belongs to the section "Sensory and Consumer Sciences".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 July 2022.

Special Issue Editor

Prof. Dr. Elizabeth H. Zandstra
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Guest Editor
1. Division of Human Nutrition & Health, Wageningen University & Research, Wageningen, The Netherlands
2. Unilever Foods Innovation Centre Wageningen, Wageningen, The Netherlands
Interests: sensory perception; consumer behavior; product development; food-evoked emotions; context

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

During the COVID-19 pandemic, many countries have implemented lockdowns to protect populations from infection via self-quarantine, social-distancing and hygienic measures. These measures have led to significant changes in lifestyles, and consequently, profound effects on food consumption and dietary intake. Depending on the severity and duration of the COVID-19 lockdowns imposed, the lockdown measures have impacted the way we eat and changed what and how much is eaten. Monitoring the consequences of the lock down measures on changes in people’s eating and food consumption behaviors is important, also to gain a deeper understanding of the underlying mechanisms of the impact of lockdowns on diet and health, especially among the most vulnerable groups (including older adults and children).

This special issue aims to disseminate manuscripts which have investigated the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the selection and consumption of foods and drinks. Original research and reviews of the current changes in food consumption due to the pandemic are welcome. Research including sensory, social, cultural, psychological and physiological factors determining food consumption behaviors during COVID-19 lockdowns are of interest as well.

Prof. Dr. Elizabeth H. Zandstra
Guest Editor

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Keywords

  • COVID-19
  • Foods
  • Drinks
  • Food consumption behavior
  • Eating behavior
  • Food habits
  • Food choice
  • Dietary patterns
  • Health

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Food and Nutrition Related Concerns Post Lockdown during COVID-19 Pandemic and Their Association with Dietary Behaviors
Foods 2021, 10(11), 2858; https://doi.org/10.3390/foods10112858 - 18 Nov 2021
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This study aimed to explore food and nutrition related concerns during the post-lockdown period and their impacts on food shopping, preparation, and eating behaviors. Design: A cross-sectional study was conducted through online questionnaire. We collected data on food and nutrition related concerns, socio-demographic [...] Read more.
This study aimed to explore food and nutrition related concerns during the post-lockdown period and their impacts on food shopping, preparation, and eating behaviors. Design: A cross-sectional study was conducted through online questionnaire. We collected data on food and nutrition related concerns, socio-demographic characteristics, and changes in dietary behaviors. Participants: A total of 2267 responses were received from people living in 31 provinces across mainland China and 1994 participants were included in the final analysis. Analysis: Linear and multinomial logistic regression analyses were performed to evaluate the association among food and nutrition related concerns, socio-demographic factors, and dietary behaviors Results: About 56% of participants reported moderate to high levels of concerns related to food and nutrition. Contracting the virus when dining out or through contaminated foods were the top two concerns, followed by overnutrition. Higher levels of concerns were found among people who were older, overweight, or obese, having lower income and education, and living in urban areas, or whose family contained vulnerable individuals. Compared with the pre-COVID-19 period, people who were more concerned about food and nutrition were more likely to report changes in their food purchases and consumption; they were also more likely to eat from individual plates, using serving chopsticks, and separating plates and utensils for raw and cooked foods during the post COVID-19 lockdown period. Conclusion and Implication: Food and nutrition related concerns during the post-lockdown period were prevalent and associated with changes in dietary behaviors. Preventative policies and nutritional guidance should be developed to address these concerns in order to reduce inappropriate dietary behaviors amid public health crises. Full article
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Associations between Perceived Social Eating Norms and Initiation and Maintenance of Changes in Dietary Habits during the First COVID-19 Lockdown in France
Foods 2021, 10(11), 2745; https://doi.org/10.3390/foods10112745 - 09 Nov 2021
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Changes in dietary habits of the French population have been reported during the national lockdown that was enforced due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This study investigated whether perceived social eating norms were associated with the initiation and maintenance of dietary changes that took [...] Read more.
Changes in dietary habits of the French population have been reported during the national lockdown that was enforced due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This study investigated whether perceived social eating norms were associated with the initiation and maintenance of dietary changes that took place as a result of lockdown. An online study collected information on (1) changes in consumption implemented during the lockdown and the maintenance of these changes, and (2) perceptions about changes in consumption implemented during lockdown by household members, relatives out of home, and the general population. The changes in consumption were classified as foods to increase or to decrease according to French national recommendations. The perception of changes to dietary habits by household members and relatives out of home was related to the changes made by individuals for each of the food categories (all p < 0.05) but not to the perception of changes made the general population. Increased consumption of foods to increase was more likely to be maintained when there was a positive perception of the changes made by household members (p = 0.03). These results highlight the influence of the perception of social eating norms, especially by household members and relatives, on the implementation of dietary changes during lockdown and suggest that social eating norms can have a lasting influence. Full article
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The Effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic on the Mass Market Retailing of Wine in Italy
Foods 2021, 10(11), 2674; https://doi.org/10.3390/foods10112674 - 03 Nov 2021
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The purpose of this study was to provide a detailed framework of wine purchases in supermarkets during the COVID-19 pandemic. The unexpected diffusion of the virus and the restrictions imposed in Italy to prevent its spread have significantly affected the food purchasing habits [...] Read more.
The purpose of this study was to provide a detailed framework of wine purchases in supermarkets during the COVID-19 pandemic. The unexpected diffusion of the virus and the restrictions imposed in Italy to prevent its spread have significantly affected the food purchasing habits of consumers. By analyzing the scanner data of the wine sales in the Italian mass market retail channel, this study was intended to show whether and how the dynamics triggered by the pandemic have modified the overall value and type of wine purchases, focusing on prices, formats, and promotional sales. In particular, this study explores sales in two separate periods, namely March–April (the “lockdown”, with general compulsory closing and severe restrictions) and June–July 2020 (the “post-lockdown”, in which some limitations were no longer effective). The analysis of wine sales during lockdown and post-lockdown and the study of the variations compared to the sales of the previous years showed some significant changes in purchase behavior. The results could provide managers, researchers, and policy makers with extensive insights into the purchasing patterns of consumers during this unprecedented time and reveal trends that may characterize the structure of the future wine demand. Full article
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Has COVID-19 Changed the Lifestyle and Dietary Habits in the Spanish Population after Confinement?
Foods 2021, 10(10), 2443; https://doi.org/10.3390/foods10102443 - 14 Oct 2021
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Since 2020, the world has been immersed in a change in lifestyle (social, lifestyle, nutri-tion and physical activity patterns), due to the appearance of COVID-19 and the strict mobility measures which were implemented to prevent its spread. All these changes had a nutritional [...] Read more.
Since 2020, the world has been immersed in a change in lifestyle (social, lifestyle, nutri-tion and physical activity patterns), due to the appearance of COVID-19 and the strict mobility measures which were implemented to prevent its spread. All these changes had a nutritional impact on people, modifying their dietary guidelines. This cross-sectional study was carried out to assess whether dietary habits, lifestyle, and adherence to the Mediterranean diet among the Spanish adult population (25–65 years old) during confinement was modified during the post-confinement period, using an e-survey through social networks, involving 510 subjects. A decrease in the intake of ultra-processed products, with a correlation between weekly food delivery orders at home and the consumption of salty snacks, sugary drinks, and processed pastries was also recorded. Most of the subjects performed physical exercise on a regular basis, maintaining the body weight in half of the participants. During the post-confinement period a substantial proportion of the population had healthy lifestyle and dietary habits, including the adequate consumption of fruits, vegetables and legumes; adequate time was spent preparing meals and the population did not regularly order food at home, which in the long term, reduced the risk of several diseases. Full article
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