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      Knowledge, awareness, and usage of probiotics among Hungarian adults: An explorative survey

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          Abstract

          Purpose

          The aim of this study was to evaluate the use of probiotic products in Hungary, to explore consumers' knowledge of probiotics, and to gain information about the main characteristics of current usage.

          Materials and Methods

          The research used a self-developed explorative questionnaire to obtain the necessary information. The data collected was further analysed with IBM SPSS 25.0 and Microsoft Office Excel.

          Results

          Nearly three-quarters of respondents (73.9%) have used probiotics in their life. Those who have already used these products, mostly heard about them from doctors (62.8%) and friends/relatives (40.5%), while among non-users the main sources of information were web pages (46.8%) and commercials (45.2%).

          Conclusions

          We found several differences between users and non-users in terms of probiotics awareness. Consequently, healthcare providers may play an important role in the process of careful product choice and proper usage.

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          Contributors
          Journal
          2066
          Developments in Health Sciences
          DHS
          Akadémiai Kiadó (Budapest )
          2630-9378
          2630-936X
          19 April 2021
          19 November 2020
          : 3
          : 3
          : 53-57
          Affiliations
          [1 ] Department of Dietetics and Nutrition Sciences, Faculty of Health Sciences, Semmelweis University , Budapest, Hungary
          [2 ] Vitaminkosár Ltd. , Budapest, Hungary
          Author notes
          [* ]Corresponding author. Department of Dietetics and Nutrition Sciences, Faculty of Health Sciences, Semmelweis University , Vas utca 17, Budapest H-1088, Hungary. E-mail: haveldaluca97@ 123456gmail.com
          Article
          10.1556/2066.2020.00010
          430d3aa8-72be-4855-8d6a-d0b8876f688b
          © 2020 The Author(s)

          Open Access. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License ( https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited, a link to the CC License is provided, and changes – if any – are indicated. (SID_1)

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          Figures: 2, Equations: 0, References: 10, Pages: 05
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          Medicine,Immunology,Health & Social care,Microbiology & Virology,Infectious disease & Microbiology
          consumer preferences,probiotics,survey method,dietary supplements

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