The main objective of this project is to establish research-based knowledge on the mechanisms of taste development in children, in the perspective of increasing the consumption of healthy foods based on Norwegian ingredients or products.

Children and food preferences in the light of the Norwegian taste

Consumer and sensory sciences  

There is a large potential for a better health in the population by improving diet and dietary behavior. It is particularly important to facilitate a healthy and varied diet for children and adolescents, as food habits and behaviors are established at an early age.

Time:1. January 2014 – 31. December 2017
Financed by: Foundation for Research Levy on Agricultural Products
In cooperation with:University of Oslo, INRA, Måltidets Hus by NCE Culinology, Bama, Norgesmøllene, Tine, Kavli and Orkla Foods.
Contact person
Portrettbilde av Valérie Lengard Almli
Valérie Lengard Almli

Senior Scientist
Phone: +47 911 66 405
valerie.lengard@nofima.no

Contact person
Portrettbilde av Paula Varela-Tomasco
Paula Varela-Tomasco

Senior Scientist
Phone: +47 454 26 026
paula.varela.tomasco@nofima.no

Contact person
Portrettbilde av Frida Felicia Vennerød-Diesen

By investigating the development of taste perception, preferences and food choices among children, the formation of food habits can be better understood. Such knowledge will provide important insights for the food industry and promote the development of healthy food that children choose, eat and like.

The main objective of this project is to establish research-based knowledge on the mechanisms of taste development in children, in the perspective of increasing the consumption of healthy foods based on Norwegian ingredients or products.

The framework and the development of the project will be based on a longitudinal study focusing on basic taste acceptance and food habits among children. The gained knowledge will be combined with several experiments exploring the importance of and the interaction between the different sensory modalities.

Age-specific methods for collection of information will be developed in parallel with these activities and a special attention will be given to sorting and conjoint methodologies.

Finally, a practical taste-guide will be developed, including both literature-based knowledge and findings from this project. This guide will be written in Norwegian and the main target group will be the Norwegian industry and relevant authorities. Further dissemination and communication of results will be done through presentations and publications in national and international forum, establishment of a Food & Child network and organization of open seminars.

The consortium for this project will be composed of Nofima (project leader), University of Oslo, INRA and six national industrial partners.

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