Consumer Misperceptions on Food, Beverage Ingredient Claims
Behavioral research firm InsightsNow has released its latest report on the clean label movement. The August issue of the “Clean Label Research Community Behavior Report” has identified consumer misperceptions around food, beverage and supplement ingredient claims regarding health-promoting benefits.
One identified trend is concern around and attention to functional ingredients in products, so this wave of the study looked at attitudes and lifestyle behaviors driving consumer choice in this area.
The report compiled data collected from the InsightsNow proprietary research community of Clean Label Enthusiasts (CLE). CLE are primary shoppers with a specific set of behaviors around clean living movement that influence their buying decisions. In this latest report, InsightsNow used an Implicit/Explicit association testing technique to collect data on consumer associations regarding functional ingredients claiming benefits such as: heart health, bone and joint health, digestive health, anti-inflammatory ingredients, immune support and other health topics.
“This long-term research initiative at InsightsNow applies behavioral science to generate insights for more informed Clean Label product decisions for our clients,” said Dave Lundahl, Founder and CEO of InsightsNow, and recent recipient of the NGMR award for “Industry Change Agent of the Year” based on the company’s work with Clean Label research. “One identified trend is concern around and attention to functional ingredients in products, so this past wave of the study looked at attitudes and lifestyle behaviors driving consumer choice in this area.”
This research showed consumers may be well-informed around the functional benefits of ingredients, but hold misperceptions and misunderstandings regarding some ingredients. For example: Respondents held misperceptions about olive oil and coconut oil, indicating belief that both ingredients promote heart health — although scientifically neither can be linked to that benefit. The study also found the respondents believed that Omega 6 increases energy, even though it actually does not have that effect in proven scientific studies.