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Journal Articles Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition Year : 2023

Food oral processing and eating behavior from infancy to childhood: evidence on the role of food texture in the development of healthy eating behavior

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Eating behaviors develop in early life and refine during childhood, shaping long-term food choice and dietary habits, which underpin optimum growth and health. The development of Food Oral Processing (FOP) is of major importance in the establishment of eating behaviors at two scale levels: for the initial acceptance of food texture and for the longer-term development of eating behaviors associated to food intake. To date, both processes have been studied as independent topics and the current review proposes a parallel vision on their development from the onset of complementary feeding to later childhood. Individual factors affecting these FOP-related behaviors as they relate to food texture acceptance are discussed, alongside examples of interventions aiming at modifying them. Opportunity to better consider food textures when designing foods for children is addressed. Altogether, the review demonstrates the critical role of food texture in the development of a child?s FOP skills, eating habits, and dietary patterns. These scientific knowledges need to be considered for the development of healthier eating behavior. We identify research gaps that need to be addressed and highlight the need to design foods that can support the development of healthy oral processing and eating behaviors among infants and children.
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hal-04125797 , version 1 (12-06-2023)

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Carole Tournier, Ciaran Forde. Food oral processing and eating behavior from infancy to childhood: evidence on the role of food texture in the development of healthy eating behavior. Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition, 2023, pp.1-14. ⟨10.1080/10408398.2023.2214227⟩. ⟨hal-04125797⟩
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