Campus Units

Food Science and Human Nutrition

Document Type

Article

Publication Version

Published Version

Publication Date

3-1-2020

Journal or Book Title

Health Behavior and Policy Review

Volume

7

Issue

2

First Page

79

Last Page

91

DOI

10.14485/HBPR.7.2.1

Abstract

In this study, we assessed the intrapersonal, interpersonal, and community influences on nutrition knowledge, views on healthy foods, grocery store choice, and grocery shopping patterns specifically at Latino tiendas, among Midwestern adults by Hispanic or non-Hispanic ethnicity. Methods: We surveyed a convenience sample of adults on an open-ended definition of healthy foods, nutrition knowledge, shopping behaviors, and reasons for store choice. Results: Of the 149 respondents, no ethnic differences were observed in qualitative definitions of healthy foods (low fat, unprocessed, high nutrient content). Fewer Hispanics than non-Hispanics correctly identified healthier options for rice, canned fruits, and canned tuna. Respondents indicated that proximity to home and food price were motivators of store choice. Significantly more Hispanics than non-Hispanics shopped at Walmart (42% vs 15%; p < .001), and at tiendas (77% vs 14%; p < .001). Food selection was the most frequent reason given by all for shopping at tiendas. Conclusions: Hispanics and non-Hispanics share similar views of healthy food definitions and important store characteristics. Non-Hispanics could potentially use tiendas more frequently considering expressed interests in food prices and selection. Some healthier food options that are culturally important were less known by Hispanics. Further research with a larger sample is needed to substantiate these preliminary findings.

Comments

This article is published as Palmer, S.M., Winham, D.M., Midwest Consumer Shopping Habits, Nutrition Knowledge, and Latino Tienda Use. Health Behavior and Policy Review 2020;7(2):79-91. DOI: 10.14485/HBPR.7.2.1.

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Ingenta

Language

en

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