BazEkon - The Main Library of the Cracow University of Economics

BazEkon home page

Main menu

Author
Pocol Cristina Bianca (University of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine of Cluj Napoca, Romania), Moldovan-Teselios Călin (Metro Media Transylvania, Cluj Napoca, Romania), Stan Laura (University of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine of Cluj Napoca, Romania), Pop Ioana Delia (University of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine of Cluj Napoca, Romania)
Title
Alfalfa Powder: Healthy Food Supplement for Sustainable Consumption
Source
Zeszyty Naukowe SGGW w Warszawie. Problemy Rolnictwa Światowego, 2016, t. 16(31), z. 4, s. 7-17, rys., tab., bibliogr. 41 poz.
Scientific Journal Warsaw University of Life Sciences SGGW - Problems of Word Agriculture
Keyword
Żywienie dietetyczne, Styl życia, Dodatki funkcjonalne do żywności, Preferencje konsumenta
Dietary feeding, Lifestyle, Functional food additives, Consumer preferences
Note
streszcz., summ.
Country
Rumunia
Romania
Abstract
An upward trend for plant dietary supplements has been reported lately in the Romanian market, suggesting that they could become a component of a sustainable food diet for consumers. The aim of this study was (1) to explore consumers' perceptions about alfalfa powder (a plant dietary supplement), to identify their needs and expectations regarding the use of this product and to define the consumer profile; (2) to outline the significant factors of alfalfa sustainable consumption. For this purpose, the evaluation was performed using a questionnaire on a sample of consumers from two important Transylvanian cities (Deva and Cluj-Napoca). The results of the study indicate that the product is consumed by youth, adults and elderly people with upper-class education and high incomes. Emphasis was placed on identifying the main benefits perceived by the use of alfalfa powder. Hence, these are directly related to immunity (10%), detoxification (15%) and healthy dietary supplements (32%). Furthermore, since sustainability is a key factor for increasing quality of life, evidence emerged revealing alfalfa sustainable consumption. Consequently, this study shows that a more sustainable consumption of alfalfa can be stimulated through successful strategies for consumer education through label information including traceability data. (original abstract)
Full text
Show
Bibliography
Show
  1. Arcese, G., Flammini, S., Lucchetti, M.C., Martucci, O. (2015). Evidence and Experience of Open Sustainability Innovation Practices in the Food Sector. Sustainability, 7(7), 8067-8090.
  2. Bora, K.S., Sharma, A. (2011). Phytochemical and pharmacological potential of Medicago sativa: A review. Pharmaceutical Biology, 49(2), 211-220.
  3. Clocotici, V. Statistică multivariată. Available online: http://thor.info.uaic.ro/~val/statistica/StatWork_12.pdf (accessed on December 2014).
  4. Commission Decision (2009/826/CE) of 13 October 2009 authorising the placing on the market of a leaf extract from Lucerne (Medicago Sativa) as novel food or novel food ingredient under Regulation No 258/97 of the European Parliament and of the Council. Available online: http://eur-lex.europa.eu/legalcontent/EN/TXT/?uri=CELEX:32009D0826 (accessed on December 2014).
  5. De Jong, N., Ocke, M.C., Branderhorst, H.A., Friele, R. (2003). Demographic and lifestyle characteristics of functional food consumers and dietary supplement users. British Journal of Nutrition, 89(02), 273-281.
  6. Doss, A., Parivuguna, V., Vijayasanthi, M., Surendran, S. (2011). Antibacterial evaluation and phytochemical analysis of Medicago sativa L. against some microbial pathogens. Indian Journal of Science and Technology, 4(5), 550-552.
  7. Dwivedi, P., Kumar, P. (2011). Anti-diabetic medicinal plants and their conservation: Waging green war on diabetes. Medicinal Plants-International Journal of Phytomedicines and Related Industries, 3(3), 181-189.
  8. Egan, B., Hodgkins, C., Shepherd, R., Timotijevic, L., Raats, M. (2011). An overview of consumer attitudes and beliefs about plant food supplements. Food and function, 2(12), 747-752.
  9. European Commission (2012). Policies to encourage sustainable consumption - Full report. Available online: http://ec.europa.eu/environment/archives/eussd/pdf/report_22082012.pdf (accessed on December 2014).
  10. European Food Safety Authority (2009). Scientific Opinion of the Panel on Dietetic Products Nutrition and Allergies on a request from the European Commission on the safety of 'Alfalfa protein concentrate' as food. The EFSA Journal, 997, 1-19.
  11. Everitt, B.S., Landau, S., Leese, M., Stahl, D. (2011). Cluster analysis. Fifth ed., Wiley: London, UK, 7-9, 71-110.
  12. Fennell, D. (2004). Determinants of supplement usage. Preventive medicine, 39(5), 932-939.
  13. Foley, J.A., Ramankutty, N., Brauman, K.A., Cassidy, E.S., Gerber, J.S., Johnston, M., Mueller, N.D., O'Connell, C., Ray, D.K., West, P.C., Balzer, C., Bennett, E.M., Carpenter, S.R., Hill, J., Monfreda, C., Polasky, S., Rockström, J., Sheehan, J., Siebert, S., Tilman, D., Zaks, D.P.M. (2011). Solutions for a cultivated planet. Nature, 478(7369), 337-342.
  14. FAO (2010). Sustainable diets and biodiversity. Directions and solutions for policy, research and action. Proceedings of the International Scientific Symposium "Biodiversity and sustainable diets united against hunger". 3-5 November 2010, FAO Headquarters, Rome. Available online: http://www.fao.org/docrep/016/i3004e/i3004e.pdf (accessed on December 2014).
  15. Friel, S., Barosh, L.J., Lawrence, M. (2014). Towards healthy and sustainable food consumption: An Australian case study. Public health nutrition, 17(05), 1156-1166.
  16. Gaweł, E. (2012). Chemical compositions of lucerne leaf extract (EFL) and its applications as a phytobiotic in human nutrition. ACTA Scientiarum Polonorum Technologia Alimentaria, 11, 303-309.
  17. Gholami, A., De Geyter, N., Pollier, J., Goormachtig, S., Goossens, A. (2014). Natural product biosynthesis in Medicago species. Natural product reports, 31(3), 356-380.
  18. Greger, J.L. (2001). Dietary supplement use: consumer characteristics and interests. The Journal of Nutrition, 131(4), 1339S-1343S.
  19. Grunert, K.G., Hieke, S., Wills, J. (2014). Sustainability labels on food products: Consumer motivation, understanding and use. Food Policy, 44, 177-189.
  20. Johnston, J.L., Fanzo, C.J., Cogill, B. (2014). Understanding Sustainable Diets: A Descriptive Analysis of the Determinants and Processes That Influence Diets and Their Impact on Health, Food Security, and Environmental Sustainability. Advances in Nutrition, 5(4), 418-429.
  21. Joyce, A., Dixon, S., Comfort, J., Hallett J. (2012). Reducing the Environmental Impact of Dietary Choice: Perspectives from a Behavioural and Social Change Approach, Journal of Environmental and Public Health, Article ID 978672, 7 pages, doi:10.1155/2012/978672.
  22. Karimi, E., Oskoueian, E., Oskoueian, A., Omidvar, V., Hendra, R., Nazeran, H. (2013). Insight into the functional and medicinal properties of Medicago sativa (Alfalfa) leaves extract. Journal of Medicinal Plants Research, 7(7), 290-297.
  23. Kelly, J. P., Kaufman, D.W., Kelley, K., Rosenberg, L., Anderson, T.E., Mitchell, A.A. (2005). Recent trends in use of herbal and other natural products. Archives of Internal Medicine, 165(3), 281-286.
  24. Kennedy, J. (2005). Herb and supplement use in the US adult population. Clinical Therapeutics, 27(11), 1847-1858.
  25. Klepser, T.B., Doucette, W.R., Horton, M.R., Buys, L.M., Ernst, M.E., Ford, J.K., Klepser, M.E. (2000). Assessment of patients' perceptions and beliefs regarding herbal therapies. Pharmacotherapy. The Journal of Human Pharmacology and Drug Therapy, 20(1), 83-87.
  26. Kneafsey, M., Dowler, E., Lambie-Mumford, H., Inman, A., Collier, R. (2013). Consumers and food security: uncertain or empowered? Journal of Rural Studies, 29, 101-112.
  27. Kutnohorska, O., Tomšík, P. (2013). Consumers' perception of the health aspects of organic food. Agricultural Economics-Czech, 59, 293-299.
  28. McNaughton, S.A., Mishra, G.D., Paul, A.A., Prynne, C.J., Wadsworth, M.E. (2005). Supplement use is associated with health status and health-related behaviors in the 1946 British birth cohort. The Journal of Nutrition, 135(7), 1782-1789.
  29. Mielmann, A. (2013). The utilisation of lucerne (Medicago sativa): a review. British Food Journal, 115(4), 590-600.
  30. O'Dea, J.A. (2003). Consumption of nutritional supplements among adolescents: usage and perceived benefits. Health education research, 18(1), 98-107.
  31. Pandey, N., Meena, R.M., Rai, S.K., Rai, S.P. (2011). Medicinal plants derived nutraceuticals: a re-emerging health aid. International Journal of Pharmacological Biosciences, 2, 419-441.
  32. Pathak, K., Das, R.J. (2013). Herbal Medicine-A Rational Approach in Health Care System. International Journal of Herbal Medicine, 1(3), 86-89.
  33. Permender, R., Hema, C., Sushila, R., Dharmender, R., Vikash, K. (2010). Antidiabetic potential of Fabaceae family: An overview. Current Nutrition and Food Science, 6(3), 161-175.
  34. Reisch, L., Eberle, U., Lorek, S. (2013). Sustainable food consumption: an overview of contemporary issues and policies. Sustainability: Science, Practice and Policy, 9(2), 7-25.
  35. Rodrigues, F., Almeida, I., Sarmento, B., Amaral, M.H., Oliveira, M.B.P. (2014). Study of the isoflavone content of different extracts of Medicago spp. as potential active ingredient. Industrial Crops and Products, 57, 110-115.
  36. Sabate, J., Soret, S. (2014). Sustainability of plant-based diets: back to the future, American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 100(suppl), 476S-82S.
  37. Singab, A.N., Youssef, F.S., Ashour, M.L. (2014). Medicinal Plants with Potential Antidiabetic Activity and their Assessment. Medicinal and Aromatic Plants, 3(1), 151.
  38. Tuso, P., Stoll, R.S., Li, W.W. (2015). A Plant-Based Diet Atherogenesis, and Coronary Artery Disease Prevention, The Permanente Journal, 19(1), 62-67.
  39. Tuso, P.J., Ismail, H.M., Ha B.P., Bartolotto, C. (2013). Nutritional Update for Physicians: Plant-Based Diets, The Permanente Journal, 17(2), 61-66.
  40. Vanhonacker, F., Van Loo, E.J., Gellynck, X., Verbeke, W. (2013). Flemish consumer attitudes towards more sustainable food choices. Appetite, 62, 7-16.
  41. WWF (2013). Adopting healthy, sustainable diets: key opportunities and barriers. Report. Available online: http://livewellforlife.eu/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/Adopting-healthy-sustainable-diets-report.pdf (accessed on December 2014).
Cited by
Show
ISSN
2081-6960
Language
eng
Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google+ Share on Pinterest Share on LinkedIn Wyślij znajomemu