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Identification of basic tastes in foods beforeand after training among 4-6 year old children: a pilot study
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SP Technical Research Institute of Sweden.
Kristianstad University, School of Education and Environment, Avdelningen för Mat- och måltidsvetenskap. Kristianstad University, Research Environment Food and Meals in Everyday Life (MEAL).ORCID iD: 0000-0002-7249-2628
2016 (English)Conference paper, Poster (with or without abstract) (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Introduction: The individual perception of taste differs to a great extent and is due to both ability to detect basic tastes and to taste concentrations. Taste preferences and identification, including verbalisation of the taste experience may be improved by learning, either via the socialisation process or strategical learning procedures.

The aim of this study was to examine 4-6-year old children’s abilities to identify basic tastes in foods before and after training with basic taste solutions. Further, to study the children’s abilities to verbalise their taste experiences before and after the training.

Methods: Eleven children aged 4-6 years participated in the study conducted at a Swedish preschool. The study consisted of four parts:

1: Discussion about basic tastes.

2: Taste session of ten different foods while discussing the tastes.

3: Training session in which the children learned to recognise the basic tastes sweet, sour, salty, bitter and umami by tasting basic taste solutions.

4: Identification test: The children were asked to answer which of basic tastes they could identify in different foods. It was further studied how the children verbalised the tastes of the foods.

Results: The children had a significantly higher ability to identify salty taste compared to other basic tastes, both before and after training. Training did improve the children’s abilities to detect and verbalise all basic tastes after basic taste training. Due to verbalisation the children went from naming the tastes as “tasty” or “disgusting” to being able to put words on, and to identify many of the basic tastes in each food.

Discussion: A strategy to make children more curious and interested of foods and tastes is to conduct training sessions with basic taste solutions. This may benefit young children gaining a positive approach towards new tastes and flavours and also to foods in general.

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2016.
Keyword [en]
Children, basic taste, sensory training
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Food Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hkr:diva-17324OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hkr-17324DiVA, id: diva2:1144655
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Eurosense2016
Available from: 2017-09-26 Created: 2017-09-26 Last updated: 2017-09-27Bibliographically approved

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