Researchers have presented the finding, at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science that by adding a small amount of sugar in the vegetables, such as broccoli, Brussels sprouts, and other bitter green vegetables, can increase the children’s consumption of these vegetables including those which are rich in nutrients and low in calories.
As bitterness is the major factor hindering the increased vegetable intake in children and children have more sensitive palates than adults, so this finding can be of great help to increase vegetable consumption in children.
Researchers already found that salt blocks the sensation in the mouth as does acidity and fat covers the taste buds thereby preventing the bitter taste of the offending molecules that is one of the reasons for the popularity of salad dressings. However, Valerie Duffy, a dietician and researcher at the University of Connecticut, Storrs, told that only sugar was able to change the thinking about Brussels sprouts or kale.
“We need to pay more attention to taste and improving preferences for vegetables,” Dufy said.
Researchers have also found that only a fraction of a teaspoon could help to balance the bitterness. Moreover, children would likely to continue to eat vegetables, if that small amount of sugar would be eliminated after some time.