ERIC Number: EJ1082613
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 39
A Pilot Study to Compare a Mushroom-Soy-Beef Burger to an All-Beef Burger in School Meals
Summers, Amber C.; Smith, Paul; Ezike, Adaora; Frutchey, Robin; Fahle, Jenna; DeVries, Eva; Taylor, Jarrett; Cheskin, Lawrence J.
Journal of Child Nutrition & Management, v39 n2 Fall 2015
Purpose/Objectives: The purpose of this study was to determine if mushroom blended recipes are an acceptable option for use in the school food program. The palatability and acceptance of mushroom-soy-beef blend burgers among school-aged children was tested. Methods: Students in grades 2 through 8 were invited to participate in a taste test. Students who volunteered tasted two burger types: regular beef and mushroom-soy-beef "blend" burgers. Burgers were served in random order and were not labeled by type. An interviewer-administered survey included measures to assess palatability and acceptability and included closed and open-ended questions. Results: Thirty-seven students participated in the taste test. The average age was 10.1 years (range: 7-13). Mean scores for acceptability and palatability were similar for both burger types. Students indicated taste as a key driver of burger preference. Applications to Child Nutrition Professionals: This study demonstrated a comparable palatability and acceptance of the blended burger and the beef burger. These data can be utilized to demonstrate the advantages to schools considering adding mushroom-blend burgers to their menus as a lower calorie, lower fat burger option.
Descriptors: Lunch Programs, Food, Student Attitudes, Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8, Student Surveys, Nutrition, Preferences, Statistical Analysis, Likert Scales
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 2; Primary Education; Elementary Education; Early Childhood Education; Grade 3; Grade 4; Intermediate Grades; Grade 5; Middle Schools; Grade 6; Grade 7; Junior High Schools; Secondary Education; Grade 8
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Maryland