Sweet and sour preferences during childhood : role of early experiences

Liem, Djin Gie and Mennella, Julie A. 2002, Sweet and sour preferences during childhood : role of early experiences, Developmental psychobiology, vol. 41, no. 4, pp. 388-395, doi: 10.1002/dev.10067.

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Title Sweet and sour preferences during childhood : role of early experiences
Author(s) Liem, Djin GieORCID iD for Liem, Djin Gie orcid.org/0000-0002-6619-6101
Mennella, Julie A.
Journal name Developmental psychobiology
Volume number 41
Issue number 4
Start page 388
End page 395
Total pages 8
Publisher John Wiley & Sons
Place of publication Oxford, England
Publication date 2002
ISSN 0012-1630
Summary We investigated the effects of early experience on sweet and sour preferences in children. Eighty-three children were divided into four groups based on the type of formula fed during infancy and age. By using a forced-choice, sip-and-swallow procedure, we determined the level of sweetness and sourness preferred in juice. Children who were fed protein hydrolysate formulas, which have a distinctive sour and bitter taste and unpleasant odor, preferred higher levels of citric acid in juice when compared to older children who were fed similar formulas. No such difference was observed between the groups for sweet preference. However, the level of sweetness preferred in juice was related to the sugar content of the child's favorite cereal and whether the mother routinely added sugar to their foods. These data illustrate the wide variety of experiential factors that can influence flavor preferences during childhood.
Language eng
DOI 10.1002/dev.10067
Field of Research 111103 Nutritional Physiology
170102 Developmental Psychology and Ageing
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2002, Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30026486

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