Teaching children to like and eat vegetables

Devina Wadhera, Elizabeth D. Capaldi Phillips, Lynn M. Wilkie

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Abstract

Higher vegetable intake has been related to lower risks of diabetes, cardiovascular disease, several cancers and obesity. Yet children consume fewer than the recommended servings of fruits and vegetables set forth by the USDA. Exposure to vegetables has successfully improved children's liking for and consumption of vegetables particularly for children younger than two years. In contrast, associative conditioning seems necessary for older children, especially with bitter vegetables. We review studies using both exposure and associative conditioning to teach children to like vegetables, including flavor-flavor learning and flavor-calorie learning. Recognizing these different processes helps reconcile discrepant literature and may provide techniques for increasing preferences for vegetables in children. Associative conditioning and exposure can be used by parents and others to enhance children's liking for and consumption of vegetables.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)75-84
Number of pages10
JournalAppetite
Volume93
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 2015

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Keywords

  • Children
  • Conditioned preferences
  • Flavor-calorie learning
  • Flavor-flavor learning
  • Vegetables

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Psychology(all)
  • Medicine(all)

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Wadhera, D., Capaldi Phillips, E. D., & Wilkie, L. M. (2015). Teaching children to like and eat vegetables. Appetite, 93, 75-84. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.appet.2015.06.016

Teaching children to like and eat vegetables. / Wadhera, Devina; Capaldi Phillips, Elizabeth D.; Wilkie, Lynn M.

In: Appetite, Vol. 93, 01.10.2015, p. 75-84.

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Wadhera, D, Capaldi Phillips, ED & Wilkie, LM 2015, 'Teaching children to like and eat vegetables', Appetite, vol. 93, pp. 75-84. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.appet.2015.06.016
Wadhera D, Capaldi Phillips ED, Wilkie LM. Teaching children to like and eat vegetables. Appetite. 2015 Oct 1;93:75-84. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.appet.2015.06.016
Wadhera, Devina ; Capaldi Phillips, Elizabeth D. ; Wilkie, Lynn M. / Teaching children to like and eat vegetables. In: Appetite. 2015 ; Vol. 93. pp. 75-84.
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