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ERIC Number: EJ1178070
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1559-5676
What Role Does Taste Play in School Meal Studies? A Narrative Review of the Literature
Guerrero, Kayla; Olsen, Annemarie; Wistoft, Karen
Journal of Child Nutrition & Management, v42 n1 Spr 2018
School meals play an important role in student well-being. However, studies have given evidence that school meals may not be satisfactory to students. Evidence suggests that taste plays an influential role in students' food decisions and eating experiences. This review of current research finds that studies around improving school meals mainly focus on increasing intake of target foods or food groups, and few studies exist that examine other outcomes such as food enjoyment or student well-being. Future studies could explore the impact of increasing student engagement and dialogue around school meals on factors such as physical and psychological well-being, empowerment, school enjoyment, and academic outcomes. These efforts may help researchers and school professionals accurately evaluate and improve the enjoyment of school food, which can play an important role in promoting the well-being of students.
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Language: English
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