A systematic review of methods for increasing vegetable consumption in early childhood
journal contributionposted on 2017-05-04, 14:01 authored by Clare HolleyClare Holley, Claire V. Farrow, Emma HaycraftEmma Haycraft
Purpose of Review This study aims to synthesise the body of research investigating methods for increasing vegetable consumption in 2- to 5-year-old children, while offering advice for practitioners. Recent Findings Repeated exposure is a well-supported method for increasing vegetable consumption in early childhood and may be enhanced with the inclusion of non-food rewards to incentivise tasting. Peer models appear particularly effective for increasing 2–5-year-olds’ vegetable consumption. There is little evidence for the effectiveness of food adaptations (e.g. flavour-nutrient learning) for increasing general vegetable intake among this age group, although they show some promise with bitter vegetables. Summary This review suggests that practitioners may want to focus their advice to parents around strategies such as repeated exposure, as well as the potential benefits of modelling and incentivising tasting with non-food rewards. Intervention duration varies greatly, and considerations need to be made for how this impacts on success.
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Published inCurrent Nutrition Reports
CitationHOLLEY, C.E., FARROW, C.V. and HAYCRAFT, E., 2017. A systematic review of methods for increasing vegetable consumption in early childhood. Current Nutrition Reports, 6 (2), pp.157-170.
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