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Infants' consumption of a new food enhances acceptance of similar foods.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  9632459     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The number of feedings needed to increase intake of a novel target food was investigated, and whether exposure effects generalized to other foods in a sample of 4 to 7-month-old infants (N=39). Other foods varied in their similarity to the target food, including the same food prepared by another manufacturer, similar foods (other fruits for infants receiving a target fruit) and a different food (e. g. vegetables for infants receiving a target fruit). Infants were fed the target food once a day for 10 days. Intake was used to indicate acceptance. Results revealed that exposure dramatically increased infants' intake of the target food, from an average of 35-72 g. Intake of the different food was unchanged. Same and similar food intake increased with target food exposure. Intake of the target, same and similar foods nearly doubled to 60 g after one exposure to the target food. These rapid increases in intake contrast the slower changes seen in young children. Results for the other foods suggest that infants may have difficulty discriminating among many foods.
L L Birch; L Gunder; K Grimm-Thomas; D G Laing
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Appetite     Volume:  30     ISSN:  0195-6663     ISO Abbreviation:  Appetite     Publication Date:  1998 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1998-07-30     Completed Date:  1998-07-30     Revised Date:  2008-11-21    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8006808     Medline TA:  Appetite     Country:  ENGLAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  283-95     Citation Subset:  IM    
Copyright Information:
Copyright 1998 Academic Press Limited.
Department of Human Development and Family Studies, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA 16802, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Food Preferences*
Infant Food*
Infant Nutritional Physiological Phenomena

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