Study: Food Presentation Could Affect Kids’ Choices

Staff Writer
Baystateparent Magazine

Have a picky eater? A new study by Cornell University says the way food is presented to kids could be the key in what they choose to eat.

Children prefer varied visuals on their plate, the researchers found, whether it’s a mix of colors or ingredients shaped into silly faces. “On average, they preferred seven different items on their plates and six different colors,” the study concluded. Adults, on the other hand, found three items of varying color most appealing.

Children not only prefer more elements and color than adults, but they also liked their entrees placed in the front of the plate with figurative designs – think bacon shaped like a smile or peas arranged in the shape of a heart. The study’s author suggested making changes so that something like broccoli or fish looks tastier than it otherwise would.