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A visual exposure strategy to facilitate the introduction of fruit and vegetables into the diets of toddlers

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The study explored whether parents’ efforts to introduce their toddlers to disliked or unfamiliar fruits and vegetables at home are facilitated by a prior period of visual familiarisation to foods through shared picture books. Parents identified two target foods – 1 fruit and 1 vegetable – that they wanted their child to eat. In a randomised controlled trial design, families were allocated to one of three groups: a vegetable book, fruit book, or control (no book) group. Families looked at a book about one of their child’s target foods (except controls) for two weeks, before all families engaged in a 2-week taste exposure phase to both target foods. Two datasets are available for this project.

Resource Type: Dataset
Creators: Houston-Price, Carmel ORCID logoORCID:, Kennedy, Orla, Hill, Claire and Owen, Laura
Rights-holders: University of Reading
Data Publisher: University of Reading
Publication Year: 2018
Data last accessed: 18 March 2023
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Organisational units: Life Sciences > School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences > Language and Cognition
Life Sciences > School of Chemistry, Food and Pharmacy > Department of Food and Nutritional Sciences > Human Nutrition Research Group
Life Sciences > School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences > Nutrition and Health
Participating Organisations: University of Reading
Keywords: children, fruit and vegetable, picture books


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