Journal article

Colour correct: the interactive effects of food label nutrition colouring schemes and food category healthiness on health perceptions

Gergely Nyilasy, Jing Lei, Anish Nagpal, Joseph Tan

PUBLIC HEALTH NUTRITION | CAMBRIDGE UNIV PRESS | Published : 2016

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: The purpose of the present study was to examine the effects of food label nutrition colouring schemes in interaction with food category healthiness on consumers' perceptions of food healthiness. Three streams of colour theory (colour attention, colour association and colour approach-avoidance) in interaction with heuristic processing theory provide consonant predictions and explanations for the underlying psychological processes. DESIGN: A 2 (food category healthiness: healthy v. unhealthy)×3 (food label nutrient colouring schemes: healthy=green, unhealthy=red (HGUR) v. healthy=red, unhealthy=green (HRUG) v. no colour (control)) between-subjects design was used. SETTING: The resea..

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