Author

Cindy Klement

Date Approved

4-17-2012

Degree Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Health Sciences

Committee Member

Judi Brooks, Ph.D., R.D., Chair

Committee Member

Kathy Rhodes, Ph.D., R.D.

Abstract

This work examines consumer awareness of soy, including which information source enabled consumers to form their beliefs regarding soy's health implications. Controversy surrounds the much-researched topic of soy, including its isolated compounds, processing and manufacturing methods, seed source, and consumption amounts. Inconsistent results in research lead to disagreements on what is and what is not safe, and for whom. Participants in six states were recruited from a convenience sample and asked to complete a seven-question survey. Results indicate a great amount of uncertainty with consumers regarding whether soy is beneficial or detrimental, especially when considering the prevalence of internet soy fear mongering. In order for consumers to feel confident in consuming soy foods and sharing them with their families, future studies must resolve questions surrounding genetically modified organisms (GMO) and hexane processed soy and arm consumers and educators with recent and reliable soy health information.

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