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Appetite. 2011 Dec;57(3):573-7. doi: 10.1016/j.appet.2011.07.007. Epub 2011 Jul 27.

Manipulating fat content of familiar foods at test-meals does not affect intake and liking of these foods among children.

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  • 1Department of Food Science/Sensory Science, Faculty of Life Sciences, University of Copenhagen, Rolighedsvej 30, 1958 Frederiksberg C, Denmark.


We investigated effects of manipulating fat content of familiar foods at two test-meals in 74, 4-6-year-old children. Liking, energy intake, and weight-based food intake were assessed for a meal consisting of macaroni and cheese, pudding, chocolate milk and regular milk in high-fat and low-fat versions. Liking ratings and consumption by weight did not differ between versions, but energy intake was 59% greater with the high-fat version. We conclude that manipulating fat content had little effect on liking and weight-based food intake, but markedly influenced overall energy intake, and thus might provide a means of lowering children's energy consumption.

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