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Allmänhetens kunskap om sötningsmedel och smakförstärkare
2016 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Public knowledge about sweeteners and taste-enhancers (English)
Abstract [sv]

Sötningsmedel och smakförstärkare har visat sig att vara kopplade till olika hälsorisker. Syftet med projektet var att undersöka om allmänheten var medvetna om riskerna hos sötningsmedel och smakförstärkare. Detta gjordes genom att skicka ut en enkät där allmänheten fick svara på ett antal frågor på internet. För att få djupare förståelse inom ämnet, undersöktes följande frågor: 1) Vilka livsmedel med sötningsmedel och smakförstärkare var vanligast att konsumera? 2) Vilka sötningsmedel och smakförstärkare var allmänheten medvetna om? 3) Ignorerar allmänheten riskerna. Enkätten skickades ut till 300 personer varav 39 personer svarade (13 %). Resultaten visade att de vanligaste konsumerade livsmedlen med innehållande sötningsmedel eller smakförstärkare var Extra- tuggummi (79 % av respondenterna) och China mat(82 %). Utöver dessa livsmedel var användningen inte alls lika hög. Allmänheten var medveten om flertalet tillsatser, men endast en som majoriteten visste om, sötningsmedlet aspartame (65 % av respondenterna). Med avseende på hälsan var allmänheten medveten om liksom där flertalet risker varav en som majoriteten av respondenterna kände till, cancer (59 %). Även fast allmänhetens medvetenhet, konsumerade dem sötningsmedel och smakförstärkare. Detta berodde på att de ignorerade de ansedda riskerna hos tillsatserna (90 %). Ignoreringen kan ha att göra med åldersfördelningen av respondenterna, personer under 25 år tenderar att ignorera risker i större omfattning än äldre vuxna.

Abstract [en]

Sweeteners and taste-enhancers have been correlated with a series of health risks. The purpose of this project was to examine if the public was aware of the risks associated with sweeteners and taste enhancers. This was done by conducting an internet survey of the general public. For a deeper understanding several questions were investigated: 1) Which foods with sweeteners and taste-enhancers were most commonly consumed? 2) Which sweeteners and taste-enhancers is the public aware of? 3) Does the public ignore the risks? The survey was sent to 300 people, and 30 of these responded (13%). The result of this study showed the most ordinary foods containing flavor enhancers that were consumed were Extra-gum (79% of respondents) and Chinese food (82%).The consumption of other foods with flavor enhancers was not as common. The public was aware of several supplements; however there was only one supplement that the majority knew about, the sweetener aspartame (65% of respondents). With regards to health, the public was also aware of several risks, however it was only cancer that the majority knew of (59%). Even though the public was aware of risks, the respondents ignored the risks and consumed sweeteners and taste-enhancers (90%). A reason for this can be age; people under 25 years of age tend to take greater risks than adults.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. , 14 p.
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Biological Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-41010OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-41010DiVA: diva2:910911
Subject / course
Biology
Educational program
Biology programme, 180 hp
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Available from: 2016-03-11 Created: 2016-03-10 Last updated: 2016-03-11Bibliographically approved

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