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Does the child want the "juicy apple" or the "dead rotting animal flesh"? ----1930's study

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created February 01, 2013 at 5:35 AM

Have you read the study that was conducted on very young children many years ago where they let the children choose what they wanted to eat without influencing their choices in anyway? It is called "Results of the Self-selection of Diets by Young Children". It was very interesting to read, because I usually see/hear vegans(especially fruitarians) saying that if you let a child choose between a juicy piece of fruit or a dead animal, the child will choose fruit. Where did they get that idea from? From their own tastes/experiences? These children were not introduced to any foods until this study.

What do you think of this? Obviously we will most likely never have a study done like this again because of ethical issues. Did this study not include enough children to be held reliable, or is there something to it?

If you want to read about this study just google the title of it or here is a link to where I read it.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC537465/pdf/canmedaj00208-0035.pdf

7eba3d743671649c1e06cacce0ba4e77

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on February 01, 2013
at 11:02 PM

I don't think I understand what you are saying. The study was conducted on children who haven't had foods yet. The foods were cooked with no salt, and no flavourings as to not influence their choices, and all the foods were seperate. Some foods were raw, including some meats, and most of the other things were cooked. The nurses administering the food did not point to anything, they just sat there waiting for the child to point to what he/she wanted. What do you mean by saying "It's all in the maketing"?

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on February 01, 2013
at 06:19 PM

Thats assuming quite a lot to make that extrapolation, but hey 1. adn 2. are fine.

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on February 01, 2013
at 06:30 AM

Top things to learn from the study:

  1. We're omnivores.

  2. We thrive on minimally processed natural foods.

Okay got it.

And then there is this....

...the average distribution of calories per kilogram of body weight (regardless of variations in children's age) was protein 17 per cent, fat 35 per cent. and carbohydrate 48 per cent. The individual range for the protein in the group was from 9 per cent to 20 per cent. All diets showed a decline in protein per kilogram of body weight in accordance with the change in the relation of body-building requirements to energy requirements that comes with growth and increased activity. Quality of protein is, however, no less important than quantity. The protein of the diets was in every case protein of the highest biological value.

If we extrapolate to an active adult with a caloric requirement of 2400kcal, a typical day would include:

288g Carbs 102g protein 93g of fat.

Folly?

3846a3b61bc9051e4baebdef62e58c52

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on February 01, 2013
at 06:19 PM

Thats assuming quite a lot to make that extrapolation, but hey 1. adn 2. are fine.

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on February 01, 2013
at 07:51 PM

Put a chocolate chip cookie on one plate and an apple on the other and guess which one the child will choose???

It's all in the marketing.

7eba3d743671649c1e06cacce0ba4e77

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on February 01, 2013
at 11:02 PM

I don't think I understand what you are saying. The study was conducted on children who haven't had foods yet. The foods were cooked with no salt, and no flavourings as to not influence their choices, and all the foods were seperate. Some foods were raw, including some meats, and most of the other things were cooked. The nurses administering the food did not point to anything, they just sat there waiting for the child to point to what he/she wanted. What do you mean by saying "It's all in the maketing"?

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on February 01, 2013
at 04:37 PM

Well when our 16 month old gets a pile of food in front of him, he always goes for it in this order:

chicken, pork, beef, advocados, apples, carrots, sweet potaoes

I even try to play around and mix it all together just to see what happens and he always eats it in order of protein, fat, fruits, veggies.

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