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ERIC Number: EJ957670
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1499-4046
The Influence of Labeling the Vegetable Content of Snack Food on Children's Taste Preferences: A Pilot Study
Pope, Lizzy; Wolf, Randi L.
Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, v44 n2 p178-182 Mar-Apr 2012
Objective: This pilot study examined whether informing children of the presence of vegetables in select snack food items alters taste preference. Methods: A random sample of 68 elementary and middle school children tasted identical pairs of 3 snack food items containing vegetables. In each pair, 1 sample's label included the food's vegetable (eg, broccoli gingerbread spice cake), and 1 sample's label did not (eg, gingerbread spice cake). Participants reported whether the samples tasted the same, or whether they preferred one sample. Frequency of vegetable consumption was also assessed. Results: Taste preferences did not differ for the labeled versus the unlabeled sample of zucchini chocolate chip bread, chi[superscript 2] (2, n = 68) = 3.21, P = 0.20 or broccoli gingerbread spice cake chi[superscript 2] (2, n = 68) = 2.15, P = 0.34. However, students preferred the unlabeled cookies (ie, chocolate chip cookies) over the vegetable-labeled version (ie, chickpea chocolate chip cookies), chi[superscript 2] = (2, n = 68) 9.21, P = 0.01. Chickpeas were consumed less frequently (81% had not tried in past year) as compared to zucchini and broccoli. Conclusions and Implications: Informing children of the presence of vegetables hidden within snack food may or may not alter taste preference and may depend on the frequency of prior exposure to the vegetable. (Contains 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
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Language: English
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