A study investigating the use of weaning foods, including consumer perceptions of organic weaning foods
Cardiff Metropolitan University
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Introduction: This study aims to investigate the use of commercial weaning foods in Cardiff and the opinions of mothers concerning organic weaning foods. It also aims to observe the opinions of mothers with regards to the perceived benefits of using organic weaning foods. Methods: To describe the use of commercial weaning foods and opinions surrounding organic weaning foods based upon a cross sectional study of 80 questionnaires filled out by mothers in the Cardiff City Council area. Results: Mothers who participated in this study were more likely to use a combination of home-made and commercial organic weaning foods if they were employed, either in full or part-time work or whether they were currently on maternity leave from their employment. No mothers reported using solely commercial organic weaning foods. The most common reasons for using commercial weaning foods were convenience and time. Mothers tended to associate organic foods with being expensive and healthy. Respondents felt that organic foods were healthier than their non-organic counterparts. It was noted that the main reason that respondents purchased organic weaning foods for their children was taste. Discussion: In conclusion, the aims of this study have been achieved however due to the low response rate to the survey, further research would need to be undertaken in order to better represent the general population of Cardiff.
BSc (HONS) PUBLIC HEALTH NUTRITION
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