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What role does taste play in school meal studies? a narrative review of the literature

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  • Kayla Guerrero, United States
  • Anne Marie Olsen, Department of Food Science, University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark, Denmark
  • Karen Wistoft
School lunch plays an important role in the well-being of students. However, studies have given evidence that school lunch may not be satisfactory to students. Evidence shows that taste plays an influential role in students’ food decisions and eating experiences. This narrative review finds that interventions around improving school lunch mainly focus on increasing intake of target foods or food groups, and few studies exist that examine other outcomes such as food enjoyment or well-being. Future interventions could explore the impact of increasing student engagement around school lunch and opening dialogue around taste on factors such as physical and psychological well-being, empowerment, school enjoyment, and academic outcomes. By taking steps to accurately evaluate and improve the taste of school food and by creating avenues for students to express their opinions and develop a meaningful sense of contribution, school lunch can play an important role in promoting the well-being of students.
Original languageEnglish
JournalThe Journal of Child Nutrition & Management
Volume42
Issue1
Number of pages16
Publication statusPublished - 2 May 2018

    Research areas

  • School meals, Students, Taste, Interventions, Eating preferences

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