Dipping Broccoli Increases the Amount Kids Eat

Dec 13, 2011– A study conducted by Dr. Jennifer Orlet Fisher, a Temple University professor found that 70% of the kids involved in the study were bitter-sensitive, meaning bitter foods can have an unpleasant taste to them and therefore they avoid eating that food. The study further found that 80% of the kids ate the broccoli when allowed to dip it compared to those who were not given a dip.

The study involved 152, predominantly Hispanic children (87.5 percent) ages 3-5 years old. The kids were served an afternoon snack of raw broccoli twice a week for seven weeks. After seven weeks, the number of children who said broccoli tasted ‘yummy’ also increased by 19 percent. The study was published in the November issue of the Journal of the American Dietetic Association.

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