Polyunsaturated fatty acids in child nutrition - A German multimodal child care optimisation study: Psychological and sensoric aspects (PINGU study)
supported by BMBF
Leader: Prof. Dr Petra Warschburger
Research: Dr. Katja Kröller
Timeline: July 2012 - December 2013
The basis for taste preferences are established within the earliest infancy. Therefore, a repeated exposure to different foods is important. Recent studies have shown that exposure to a variety of tastes in vegetables increases the acceptance of vegetable as well as in new foods in childhood. A repeated exposure to various tastes leads to the development of preferences (mere exposure effect). Up to now, hardly any studies exist probing the issue of how maternal attitudes and feeding strategies influence food preferences in infants. Within a broadly based and multicentre study, throught examining the effects of an early introduction of fish-containing food, such influence on the child's taste preference will be examined. In the process, pairs of mothers and their children will be videotaped during a feeding and taste preferences will be evaluated.