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Table 3 Overview of the categories on how to eat more healthily

From: An exploration of perceptions and preferences for healthy eating in Dutch consumers: a qualitative pilot study

Major categories (n, %) Categories Examples Frequencies (answers; %)a Frequencies (pp; %)b
Dietary patterns (49, 24.9%) Balanced Varied 21 (10.7) 21 (26.9)
Amount Moderated; small portions 12 (6.1) 12 (15.4)
Type of diet/eater Vegan or vegetarian 7 (3.6) 7 (9.0)
Eating pattern Six fixed eating occasions 7 (3.6) 7 (9.0)
Guidelines Advice; Wheel of Five 2 (1.0) 2 (2.6)
Food processing (59, 29.9%) Preparation of food Stir fry; home prepared 43 (21.8) 31 (39.7)
Organic Natural products 16 (8.1) 14 (18.0)
Food product (54, 27.4%) Vegetables A lot of vegetables 16 (8.1) 16 (20.5)
(Healthy) products Healthy products 9 (4.6) 9 (11.5)
Fruit Fruit 7 (3.6) 7 (9.0)
Snacks No snacks 7 (3.6) 7 (9.0)
Grain products Less bread; multigrain products 5 (2.5) 5 (6.4)
Meat No or less meat 4 (2.0) 4 (5.1)
Drinks Smoothie 2 (1.0) 2 (2.6)
Fish Fish 2 (1.0) 2 (2.6)
Nuts Nuts 1 (0.5) 1 (1.3)
Dairy Dairy 1 (0.5) 1 (1.3)
Content/nutrient (19, 9.6%) Carbs Decrease sugar intake 9 (4.6) 9 (11.5)
Fat Less fat; healthy fat 5 (2.5) 5 (6.4)
Nutrients Nutritional values 2 (1.0) 2 (2.6)
Calories Calories 2 (1.0) 2 (2.6)
Protein Rich of proteins 1 (0.5) 1 (1.3)
Non-food (16, 8.1%) Shopping Groceries shopping; buying 8 (4.1) 8 (10.3)
Others Keep it simple 5 (2.5) 5 (6.4)
Information Gain knowledge 2 (1.0) 2 (2.6)
Environment At the table 1 (0.5) 1 (1.3)
  1. Owing to rounding, percentages do not always add up to 100%
  2. aIn this column, it can be found how often this category was mentioned in all answers (n = 197)
  3. bIn this column, it can be found by how many participants a particular category was mentioned (n = 78)