I hope there will be a kids’ menu!

I hope there will be a kids’ menu!

What a farmer doesn’t know, he doesn’t eat. We know this doesn’t work in English, but it is a proverb we use in Dutch to express that someone already dislikes a certain food even though he or she hasn’t even tried it yet. Although it might seem a little strange to say you don’t like something while you never tried it before, it appears very frequently in people with food neophobia. It refers to an overwhelming fear of new or unfamiliar foods. When people with food neophobia go to a restaurant most of them pray there will be a kids’ menu, so they don’t have to eat anything unfamiliar. There is a good chance that they will already check the menu online before even going to a particular restaurant.  This fear of trying new things can lead to poor dietary quality and can increase the risks of developing a lifestyle disease, like type 2 diabetes. Therefore, it is valuable to find out what we can do to decrease their fear of trying new foods and improve their dietary quality. Perhaps it is the way food neophobics search for information about their beliefs on certain food. They might have the tendency to search for information that confirms their personal beliefs or values about the food, also called confirmation bias. This study is the first to investigate the still unknown relation between food neophobia and confirmation bias. Could it be that looking for information that confirms current beliefs, is the underlying mechanism in food neophobia? Our study aims to find this out!

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