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Protein deprivation in primates: XII. food preferences of juvenile rhesus monkeys.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  409989     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
21 male and 18 female juvenile rhesus monkeys whose mothers' prenatal diets varied according to protein content (either 1-, 2-, or 4-gm protein/kg body weight/day) were given a food-preference task. 20 monkeys were between 3 and 4 yr. old; 19 were between 1 1/2 and 2 1/2 yr. old. For each trial small pieces of the same type food were placed in 8 equally spaced wells about the circumference of a circular tray held outside each monkey's cage. Responsiveness to the 21 natural foods (assorted cheeses, meats, vegetables, nuts, cereals, fruits, and candies) offered 3 times on 3 different occasions was measured by recording number of pieces taken, number eaten, and elapsed time for taking all 8 pieces. All 3 measures were highly correlated. All diet groups exhibited the same general order of preference, males taking and eating more food pieces faster than females. Order of preference was significantly different for old versus young juveniles, with older juveniles' preferences more similar to those of adult female monkeys given the same task. The most notable differences in eating behavior were that younger juveniles played with their food and were less finicky about what they ate. Results suggest that food preferences of juvenile monkeys are not altered as a consequence of their mothers' prenatal protein deprivation.
N M Hillman; A J Riopelle
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Perceptual and motor skills     Volume:  45     ISSN:  0031-5125     ISO Abbreviation:  Percept Mot Skills     Publication Date:  1977 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1977-11-25     Completed Date:  1977-11-25     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0401131     Medline TA:  Percept Mot Skills     Country:  UNITED STATES    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  3-10     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Age Factors
Dietary Carbohydrates
Dietary Proteins
Feeding Behavior
Food Preferences*
Macaca / growth & development*
Macaca mulatta / growth & development*
Pregnancy Complications*
Protein Deficiency / complications*
Sex Factors
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Dietary Carbohydrates; 0/Dietary Proteins

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