Influence of choice on vegetable intake in children: an in-home study

V.W.T. de Wild*, C. de Graaf, H.C. Boshuizen, G. Jager

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Children's vegetable consumption is still far below that recommended, and stimulating their intake is a challenge for caregivers. The objective of this study was to investigate whether choice-offering is an effective strategy to increase children's vegetable intake in an in-home situation. Seventy children (mean age 3.7; SD 1) randomly assigned to a choice or a no-choice condition, were exposed 12 times to six familiar target vegetables at home during dinner. In the choice group, two selected vegetables were offered each time, whereas the no-choice group only received one vegetable. Vegetable intake was measured by weighing children's plates before and after dinner. A mixed linear model with age, gender, and baseline vegetable liking as covariates was used to compare intake between the choice and the no-choice group. Mixed linear model analysis yielded estimated means for vegetable intake of 48.5¿g +/- 30 in the no-choice group and 57.7¿g¿+/- 31 for the choice group (P¿=¿0.09). In addition, baseline vegetable liking (P¿
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-6
Number of pages7
Publication statusPublished - 2015


  • portion size
  • preschool-children
  • european countries
  • young-children
  • flavor-flavor
  • mere exposure
  • fruit
  • consumption
  • increases
  • acceptance


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