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Taste Testing Guidelines 

Taste testing/exposure to foods is an effective research-based strategy. Students are more likely to choose and eat healthy foods if they taste test foods and/or prepare them. There may be barriers to providing taste testing in some locations such as schools, therefore, there is some flexibility regarding providing taste testing. It is up to the NPA in consultation with the FNEP coordinator and teacher in each classroom to determine the optimum number of food tastings. If some barriers exist, try to address some of the barriers before abandoning this effective strategy. If schools only allow prepackaged food, consider providing it. Prepackaged food is more expensive but unit budgets can cover these expenses if costs are added to their budget. Although taste testing is not required in every lesson, consider minimal or no preparation options that would allow food taste testing to be part of the lesson.

If cost is an issue and your budget does not allow extensive taste testing and the school has funds and requests taste testing in each lesson, then they could be asked to provide the food. The dollars they spend on this food can be matched.

 

 

 

Family Nutrition Education Programs, University of Missouri
1205 University Avenue, Suite 300, Columbia, MO 65211
Phone: 573.882.9760  Fax: 573.884.5449

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last updated: 12/16/2015
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