A1 Journal article (refereed)
Fruit and vegetable consumption among 3–5-year-old Finnish children and their parents : is there an association? (2020)


Kähkönen, K., Hujo, M., Sandell, M., Rönkä, A., Lyytikäinen, A., & Nuutinen, O. (2020). Fruit and vegetable consumption among 3–5-year-old Finnish children and their parents : is there an association?. Food Quality and Preference, 82, Article 103886. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.foodqual.2020.103886


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Publication details

All authors or editors: Kähkönen, K.; Hujo, M.; Sandell, M.; Rönkä, A.; Lyytikäinen, A.; Nuutinen, O.

Journal or series: Food Quality and Preference

ISSN: 0950-3293

eISSN: 1873-6343

Publication year: 2020

Volume: 82

Article number: 103886

Publisher: Elsevier

Publication country: United Kingdom

Publication language: English

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.foodqual.2020.103886

Publication open access: Not open

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Publication is parallel published (JYX): https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/67643


Abstract

This study investigated the association between the home food environment and the consumption frequency of raw and cooked vegetables, berries and fruit among 3–5-year-old children and their mothers and fathers. The target group consisted of 3–5-year-old children (N=114) attending public early childhood education and care, and their parents (N=100). Cross-sectional data were collected from the parents with questionnaires assessing the home food environment, children and parents’ vegetable, berry and fruit consumption, and food neophobia. Linear mixed-effects models and principal component analysis were used to examine the association of parental consumption and the home food environment with children’s vegetable, berry and fruit consumption. The results showed low consumption of fruit and vegetables among 3–5-year-old children and their mothers and fathers. Maternal consumption was associated with children’s raw and cooked vegetable, berry and fruit consumption, whereas paternal consumption was only associated with cooked vegetables. This study identified that home food environment factors influencing children’s consumption habits vary for raw and cooked vegetables, berries and fruit.


Keywords: vegetables; berries; day care; parents; children (age groups); children (family members)

Free keywords: raw vegetables; cooked vegetables; berries; day care; paternal consumption


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Ministry reporting: Yes

Reporting Year: 2020

JUFO rating: 1


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