Increasing portion sizes of fruits and vegetables in an elementary school lunch program can increase fruit and vegetable consumption

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Abstract

Increasing portion size can increase children's consumption of food. The goal of this study was to determine whether increasing the portion sizes of fruits and vegetables in an elementary school cafeteria environment would increase children's consumption of them. We measured each child's consumption of the fruit and vegetables served in a cafeteria line on a control day (normal cafeteria procedures) and on two intervention days. When we increased the portion size of 3 of the 4 fruits and vegetables by about 50%, children who took those foods increased their consumption of them. Although this was an effective strategy for increasing fruit and vegetable consumption among students who took those foods, many children chose not to take any fruits or vegetables. Further efforts are needed to increase children's selection and consumption of fruits and vegetables in an environment of competing foods of higher palatability.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)426-430
Number of pages5
JournalAppetite
Volume91
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1 2015

Keywords

  • Elementary school students
  • Portion size
  • Vegetable consumption

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