Nielsen Releases Health and Wellness Study

fruitSome 27% of Millennials are more responsive than the average consumer to health packaging claims.

Nielsen has released its August 2014 “Health and Wellness in America.”

Among the study’s findings is the disconnect between American’s desire for a health lifestyle and actual behavior.

According to findings in the Nielsen/NMI Health & Wellness:

•         89% of respndents say taking personal responsibility for one’s health is the best way to stay healthy (aspiration) but only 70% say they’re actually “actively trying to be healthier” (behavior)

·         75% say they feel they can manage health issues through nutrition (aspiration) yet 50% say it’s a challenge to eat healthy (behavior)

·         64% say they will take whatever means necessary to control their own health but 66% say they don’t exercise enough and more than 50% say they “splurge” when dining out and yield to cravings.

·         50% of Americans say availability of organic or nutritionally enhanced products have no or next to no impact on their grocery purchases

So why do we have this disconnect?

·         Perception of price – 54%s said healthy foods were too expensive to eat regularly

·         Perception of taste – 50% said they were not willing to give up taste for health.

Another trend noted in the study is the use of fortified or nutritionally-enhanced and functional foods and beverages, which has exploded over the last few years. Nielsen found on- third of American adults say they believe that functional foods and drinks can be substituted for some of the medicines they take.

The new Nielsen/NMI Health & Wellness in America report studies this phenomenon as well as other health and wellness trends impacting Americans today.

·         66% of Americans said they had consumed fortified foods or beverages over the year

·         75% of Americans believe they can manage many of their health issues through nutrition

·         33% said they believe functional foods and drinks can be substituted for some of the medicines they take

·         Americans are label conscious: 73% of Americans said they had consumed high protein food and beverages in the past year.

·         27% of Millennials are more responsive than the average consumer to health packaging claims

The study also revealed that opportunities exist to educate consumers on nutrition. Some 40% of respondents expressed confusion over nutritional labeling on packages. To assist customers, manufacturers and retailers alike need to provide consumers with easy-to-understand and transparent nutritional information, the report noted.

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