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  • Sweet-taste perception changes as children develop

    Photo of food science and human nutrition professor M. Yanina Pepino and postdoctoral research associate Maria Belen Acevedo standing in their lab

    While adults prefer levels of sweetness similar to typical soft drinks, children and adolescents are less sensitive to the taste and prefer concentrations that are 50% sweeter, according to research by professor of food science and human nutrition M. Yanina Pepino.

    Photo by L. Brian Stauffer


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  • Editor’s notes: To reach M. Yanina Pepino, call 217-300-2374; email

    To reach Julie A. Mennella, call 267-519-4880; email

    The paper “Relationship between sucrose taste detection thresholds and preferences in children, adolescents and adults” is available  online or from the News Bureau.