Degree Name

BS

Department

Nutrition, Dietetics, and Food Science

College

Life Sciences

Defense Date

2018-04-26

Publication Date

2018-05-08

First Faculty Advisor

Rickelle Richards, PhD, MPH, RDN

First Faculty Reader

Curtis Child, PhD

Honors Coordinator

Jeffery Tessem, PhD

Abstract

ABSTRACT

Objective: To evaluate if frequent usage of canned foods in childhood households affected college students’ current understandings of, perceptions towards, and usage of canned foods.

Methods: A secondary data analysis was conducted based on data collected from students who completed The Perceptions and Use of Canned Foods questionnaire. ANOVA statistics were used to make comparisons between students exposed (ECF; n=65) and not exposed (NECF; n=237) to canned foods during childhood.

Results: Compared with NECF, the ECF more strongly agreed that canned foods counted towards United States’ dietary recommendations (p

Conclusions and Implications: Frequent usage of canned foods during childhood positively affected students’ perceptions towards canned foods’ ability to meet dietary recommendations. Encouraging parents to incorporate healthy canned foods in meal preparation may help promote positive perceptions about canned foods.

Key words: canned foods, college students, exposure

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