Food consumption choice rather than simply food consumption knowledge is now considered important in better understanding the unfolding obesity epidemic. In this paper, crossdisciplinary research examines food and drink combining. A survey-based pilot study examines the food and drink pairing preferences of young adults and shows strong preferences exist. A laboratory study with young children finds food consumption is not influenced by the child’s fussiness but is influenced by the drink accompaniment. Both palate preference and associative learning are explored as mechanisms driving the effects of drink context on food consumption.


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