As part of the campaign, BBC Learning and led by Coventry University young scientists every day ate the cabbage in an attempt to prove that genetics may be a cause of dislike for green vegetables.
BBC Learning and Support Center for Health Research technology watching schoolchildren 9-11 years old who participated in experimentation. They used blue food coloring, a piece of card, a magnifying glass, and cabbage, to find out what it depends on the love of vegetables.
Children were divided into two groups: one half were asked to eat a piece of cabbage every day for 15 days, while the other half ate the raisins. The study found that children who ate the cabbage, she started to like it. Those who ate raisins, showed no attachment to the new food.
Young scientists found that subjects with greater mushroom papillae on the tongue, responsible for the taste buds did not show partiality to the cabbage. These participants are identified as children of "high-taste sensitivity." This category can be attributed 25 percent of the UK; they are more sensitive olives, bitter coffee and grapefruit. In this case it is necessary for longer "get used" to the green vegetables such as cabbage.
50 per cent of the tasters, who are willing to try most of the food, and some of them they may not like. The remaining 25 percent will need more salt, spices and seasonings to the food did not seem fresh.
This test is part of the 18-month program of BBC in the UK in order to promote science in schools and at home. The campaign will run in partnership with organizations from around the world. To participate in the program signed by more than 4,000 schools.
Jackie Blissett, a professor of children's eating behavior Coventry University, said: "It was interesting to work with young scientists, they have helped to shed light on one of the biggest mysteries of why some of us do not like brussels sprouts. Research Campaign BBC Learning - a great way to attract young people to online research, which make learning a pleasure.
According to Helen Fawkes, creative director of BBC Learning, these programs help children, parents and teachers better understand science and interested in it. Nice to see that young scientists are already trying to make scientific discoveries, is it possible to show the students that their work and participation are important.