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Increasing food familiarity without the tears. A role for visual exposure?
- Heath, Philippa, Houston-Price, Carmel, Kennedy, Orla B.
- Appetite 2011 v.57 no.3 pp. 832-838
- attitudes and opinions, children, diet, foods, fruits, parents, taste, toddlers, vegetables
- Research has established the success of taste exposure paradigms as a means of increasing children's acceptance, and liking, of previously unfamiliar or disliked foods. Yet, parents report that they tend to avoid the stress associated with repeatedly offering their children foods that are likely to be rejected. Given that successful taste exposure programmes often enhance children's familiarity with a food's appearance, as well as its taste, this article reviews the potential for exposure interventions that do not require repeated tastings to bring about positive attitude changes towards healthy foods. Recent evidence from studies that expose toddlers to picture books about fruit and vegetables suggest that familiarity with the origins and appearance of unfamiliar foods might increase children's willingness to accept these into their diets.