If your children are picky little eaters, new research has revealed how to get them to eat more vegetables

When kids refuse to eat vegetables, many parents stop serving them. However, a new study in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, found that repeatedly offering a variety of vegetables increases acceptance and consumption by children.

Study included 32 families

The study included 32 families, with children between the ages of four and six, in which vegetable consumption was low.

Parents completed an online survey and attended an information meeting prior to participating. Three groups were created:

  • Children introduced to a single vegetable
  • Children introduced to multiple vegetables
  • A group whose eating habits were not changed

They found that vegetable acceptance increased for both the single and multiple vegetable groups during the intervention.

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Families which offered multiple vegetables recorded an increase in consumption from .6 to 1.2 servings, while no change in consumption was observed in families serving a single vegetable or families that did not change their eating habits

“While the amount of vegetables eaten increased during the study, the amount did not meet dietary guidelines. Nonetheless, the study showed the strategy of offering a variety of vegetables was more successful in increasing consumption than offering a single vegetable,” says lead author Astrid A.M. Poelman, PhD, CSIRO Agriculture & Food, Sensory, Flavour and Consumer Science, North Ryde, Australia.

“This study introduces an effective strategy for parents wanting to address this deficiency.”

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Source: Elsevier  www.sciencedaily.com

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