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Dietary dilemmas: nutritional concerns of the 1990s

Jackie Goode (Research Associate in the Department of Social Sciences at Loughborough University, Loughborough, UK.)
Alan Beardsworth (Lecturer in the Department of Social Sciences at Loughborough University, Loughborough, UK.)
Cheryl Haslam (Lecturer in the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health at Leicester University, Leiciester, UK.)
Teresa Keil (Senior Lecturer, in the Department of Social Sciences at Loughborough University, Loughborough, UK.)
Emma Sherratt (Research Associate in the Department of Public Health and Epidemiology at The University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK.)

British Food Journal

ISSN: 0007-070X

Article publication date: 1 December 1995

Abstract

Reports new research into stability and change in contemporary foodways. Uses survey and in‐depth interviews to uncover familiar features which could be described as traditional, as well as more novel patterns. Highlights the ways in which the two are interwoven. The picture is characterized by a number of serious nutritional concerns, including health, weight control, food safety and food ethics. There is also familiarity with official nutritional guidelines, despite a widespread perception of contradictory and confusing nutritional messages. Finds mistrust of farmers, food companies and the government as far as the provision of safe food for the public is concerned. Such negative findings by no means represent the whole picture, however. Shows that, in the midst of such perceived contradiction and mistrust of external agencies, there is a personal confidence in dietary decision making and pleasure in food and eating.

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Goode, J., Beardsworth, A., Haslam, C., Keil, T. and Sherratt, E. (1995), "Dietary dilemmas: nutritional concerns of the 1990s", British Food Journal, Vol. 97 No. 11, pp. 3-12. https://doi.org/10.1108/00070709510105050

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