Picture comparison can predict children’s food preferences, study suggests
Children’s liking of specific foods can be accurately assessed by asking them to compare pictures on a computer screen, suggests new research that could help manufacturers in their development of new child-friendly foods.
A team of researchers asked 300 students from Copenhagen to choose between pictures of foods, and then to choose between the actual products, evaluating them based on taste and appearance. What they found was that the children’s choices of the actual products corresponded with their choices based just on the pictures. They then duplicated this assessment, and came to the same conclusion four weeks later.