The impact of a sensory education on gustatory and olfactory perception in Austrian school children aged 11-14-A consideration of short-term effects

Autor(en)
Marlene Wahl, Dorota Majchrzak
Abstrakt

Sensory education has the potential to activate chemosensory awareness in children and may lead to them developing healthier and more balanced eating habits. The increasing evidence for the effectiveness of a sensory based education was mainly shown in studies with primary school children. As there is a lack of data with older children of mandatory school age, this study focused on pupils aged 11-14. Therefore, 258 children from four secondary schools in Austria were selected for a trial with the purpose to evaluate the impact of a sensory education program, which was integrated in the school subject nutrition and household. The study was structured into 5 sections and included a sensory training over a period of 6 months for one part of the study population (education group) and the evaluation of gustatory and olfactory perception (all participants) at different times (baseline and follow up 1-3). The data obtained from the baseline investigation demonstrates low taste and smell identification abilities of the evaluated Austrian school children and was an essential information for planning an effective sensory training. The results from follow up 1 showed an improvement of gustatory (p <0.001) and olfactory perception due to the school-based sensory interventions.

Organisation(en)
Department für Ernährungswissenschaften
Journal
Food Quality and Preference
Band
78
Anzahl der Seiten
6
ISSN
0950-3293
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1016/j.foodqual.2019.103727
Publikationsdatum
06-2019
Peer-reviewed
Ja
ÖFOS 2012
303009 Ernährungswissenschaften
Schlagwörter
Link zum Portal
https://ucris.univie.ac.at/portal/de/publications/the-impact-of-a-sensory-education-on-gustatory-and-olfactory-perception-in-austrian-school-children-aged-1114a-consideration-of-shortterm-effects(47a75fb6-bdf0-42cc-9a95-f9337129b1b2).html