NCBI ROFL: An army of om nom nom.

By ncbi rofl | August 18, 2010 9:00 am

Food acceptability in field studies with US army men and women: relationship with food intake and food choice after repeated exposures.

“Laboratory data with single exposures showed that palatability has a positive relationship with food intake. The question addressed in this study is whether this relationship also holds over repeated exposures in non-laboratory contexts in more natural environments. The data were collected in four field studies, lasting 4-11 days with 307 US Army men and 119 Army women, and comprised 5791 main meals and 8831 snacks in total. Acceptability was rated on the nine point hedonic scale, and intake was registered in units of 1/4, 1/2, 3/4, or 1 or more times of the provided portion size. Correlation coefficients between individual acceptability ratings and intakes varied from 0.22 to 0.62 for the main meals (n=193-2267), and between 0.13 and 0.56 for the snacks (n=304-2967). The likelihood of choosing a meal for the second time was positively related to the acceptability rating of the meal when it was consumed for the first time. The results reinforce the importance of liking in food choice and food intake/choice behavior. However, the magnitude of the correlation coefficients between acceptability ratings and food intake suggest that environmental factors also have an important role in determining intake and choice.”


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  • Jumblepudding

    Nobel prize. Just…close the nominations now.

  • Piehole

    Clearly, there is an urgent need for further research in this field. FOr example, is disliking food correlated with the likelihood of selecting something else in the future? Etc.

  • Lisa

    That isn’t an Army soldier that is a United States Marine in the picture!

  • JakeR

    Back when it was testing C-rations about the end of WWII, the Army conducted extensive tests on this question with the same general findings. Interestingly, they found that calories don’t count so much if the food is less palatable, an important consideration in the then-brewing Korean “police action.”

  • Bucherm

    To repeat what Lisa said, that there is a Jarhead, not a Soldier.

    (And yes there is a difference)


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