Journal of Food, Agriculture and Environment

Vol 8, Issue 1,2010
Online ISSN: 1459-0263
Print ISSN: 1459-0255

Factors predicting consumers’ knowledge of spirulina health benefits


Irene Kamenidou 1*, Constantinos-Vasilios Priporas 2

Recieved Date: 2009-09-22, Accepted Date: 2010-01-01


Due to its numerous health benefits for humans spirulina is gaining interest as a nutraceutical, deriving in this way in its commercial demand worldwide. This paper reports the results of a study conducted within the above context. Researchers investigated awareness and factors predicting consumers subjective knowledge level of spirulina and its health benefit attributes. This research also examined source of knowledge, and willingness to be informed. Data were collected through a series of aided self administrated questionnaires employing the mall intercept technique, with 966 participants in Athens, Greece. The findings demonstrated that more than the half of the sample was not aware of the product, while moderate knowledge levels of the product’s attributes and benefits exist. Factor analysis produced four factors, accounting for 75.4% of total variance. Implications for product awareness and increase of knowledge levels are discussed.


Nutraceuticals, spirulina, consumer knowledge, marketing, factors

Journal: Journal of Food, Agriculture and Environment
Year: 2010
Volume: 8
Issue: 1
Category: Food and Health
Pages: 16-20

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