There are many benefits to eating a well-balanced vegetarian diet. The vegetarian trend has increased, and it is mainly younger consumers' interest in vegetarian food that has grown. The purpose of the study is to investigate older people's attitudes towards vegetarian diets. And what contributing factors there are behind their attitudes. A quantitative and qualitative surveys were used. Through a quantitative survey, the researchers obtained background data that was fundamental in the work of designing the questions for the qualitative method. Based on the questions, the two different qualitative surveys were conducted, focus group interviews and semi-structured interviews. To sum up the results of the study, there is an openness to vegetarian diets among older people, but there are also some obstacles that lower the interest in vegetarian foods. The participants in the study mentioned practical difficulties such as cooking a vegetarian diet, as it was considered that vegetarian dishes tasted less when cooked yourself. The participants had tasted vegetarian alternatives that were considered to taste good, but the participants still generally considered that dishes with meat tasted better than dishes where meat was excluded. Contributing factors to the problem were found through the study to be due to, among other things, old habits, where they are used to eating dishes with meat since childhood. The participants considered that the main factors for people to eat a vegetarian diet were for the environment and health. The participants mentioned that health was also an aspect that they themselves thought about in their own diet.
- Culinary Arts and Food Sciences
- Other Natural Sciences not elsewhere specified (10799)
- Vegetarian diet
- elderly food habits
- Attitude Vegetarian diet
- exploratory study
- elderly adults