“I Love Vegetables” Initiative to Increase Vegetable Consumption among Children

Putri, Novita Ika and Nugrahedi, Probo Y and Dukut, Ekawati Marhaenny “I Love Vegetables” Initiative to Increase Vegetable Consumption among Children. “I Love Vegetables” Initiative to Increase Vegetable Consumption among Children.

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Vegetables are the main source of micronutrients such as vitamins and minerals. Intake of micronutrients is essential especially for children. Unfortunately, children’s consumption of vegetables is low. This paper aims to (1) describe knowledge, consumption behavior, and preferences on vegetables among children, (2) to introduce an "I love vegetable" initiative for children by using picture books. The possible motives on vegetable consumption will also be discussed. A small survey was done to a population of 4-8 years old hildren, which shows that most children stated they like consuming vegetables. However, the result of dietary recall shows that only 8 out of 35 children did eat vegetables. The lack of vegetables consumption may lead to micronutrient deficiency which may cause growth disorder and health problems in children. Sensory preferences are believed to be the most determinant factor of vegetable consumption in children. However, sensory preferences, especially in children, are not determined solely by senses. Children sensory preferences are strongly affected by their knowledge and perception about the food and environmental factors such as social norm and role model. Some studies show that children preferences can be altered through some social context. Popular culture is one of the media which may be able to alter the sensory preferences in children by educating the children to internalize the value or to change perception. One of the initiatives to internalize value and change children perception is reading bilingual “I Love Vegetables” picture books series.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: 400 Language
Divisions: Faculty of Language and Art
Depositing User: Ms Ekawati Marhaenny Dukut
Date Deposited: 17 Mar 2019 05:57
Last Modified: 20 May 2019 17:18
URI: http://repository.unika.ac.id/id/eprint/18251

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