Document Type


Publication Date

Fall 11-4-2014

Journal / Book Title

Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior


Children's general preference for sweeter foods and aversion to bitter vegetables is explained partly by fear of new food and social and cultural influences. Reluctance to eat new foods is related to unfavorable facial expressions and is often learned from the child's family, social circle, and culture.1 Researchers report that the fruit and vegetable consumption of children 6–12 years of age is associated with the accessibility and availability.2 School-based interventions that combine classroom curricula, parental, and nutrition service components show the greatest promise for fruit and vegetable promotion among children.



Published Citation

Bai, Yeon, Lisa Suriano, and Shahla M. Wunderlich. "Veggiecation: a novel approach to improve vegetable consumption among school-aged children." Journal of nutrition education and behavior 46, no. 4 (2014): 320-321.