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Pakistan Journal of Nutrition
  Year: 2002 | Volume: 1 | Issue: 6 | Page No.: 276-278
DOI: 10.3923/pjn.2002.276.278
Taste Profiles That Correlate with Soy Consumption in Developing Countries
Brian Wansink and JaeHak Cheong

While insufficient protein consumption is a concern to many demographic segments in developed countries, it is a greater concern in developing nations where the cost or availability of traditional forms of animal protein results in protein deficiencies. Soy is a low-cost, highly available protein source, yet it is largely overlooked because of its unfamiliar taste and texture. To determine how to best encourage soy consumption, a convenience sample of 132 Indians and Pakistanis living in the United States was examined for insights in to what characterizes someone who regularly eats soy for taste-related reasons. Three groups of consumers were analyzed, people who ate soy primarily for taste-related reasons, those who ate it primarily for health-related reasons, and those who did not eat it. People who ate soy primarily for taste-related reasons were found to be more likely to appreciate fine food, to live with a great cook, and to be more of an opinion leader than did those in either of the other two groups. These along with additional findings have implications for targeting soy-predisposed consumers, who will adopt soy for the long-term, and who can influence others because of their role as opinion-leaders within their peer or reference group.
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How to cite this article:

Brian Wansink and JaeHak Cheong , 2002. Taste Profiles That Correlate with Soy Consumption in Developing Countries. Pakistan Journal of Nutrition, 1: 276-278.

DOI: 10.3923/pjn.2002.276.278






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