How To Get Kids To Love Vegetables

How To Get Kids To Love Vegetables

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There are a few tricks for making vegetables more appealing to kids.

Many parents cannot force their children to eat vegetables. But scientists have found a way: if you disguise vegetables with cheese sauce or peanut butter, then the child is more likely to eat them, writes CBS News. Moreover, such techniques will change the child’s attitude to vegetables, and in the future he will eat healthy foods more often. The experiment showed that when preschoolers were served Brussels sprouts along with cream cheese, they liked the dish more. Plus, they ate more, even if the cabbage was later served without cheese.

According to Elizabeth Capaldi-Phillips of the University of Arizona, the combination of pleasant and unpleasant can change eating behavior. She gathered the parents of 29 children aged 3-5. The specialist was interested in how children relate to 11 vegetables (“like”, “dislike”, “never tried”). Most often, children did not try Brussels sprouts and cauliflower. They were chosen for the study.

The children were given either Brussels sprouts or cauliflower once a day for a week. The vegetables were boiled and then served plain, with unsweetened cream cheese or sweet cream cheese. After seven days, the children were given plain vegetables. It turned out that if children were given Brussels sprouts with cheese before, they then ate more vegetables. In general, children who initially liked vegetables ate more cabbage.

Fewer than one in five children who received regular vegetables spoke positively about them. But among those who received vegetables with cheese, about 2/3 of the children liked the dish. In general, the children liked the cauliflower more, regardless of what it was served with.

Previously, it was found that children need to try a new product up to 10 times in order to get used to it. According to the experiment, seven times is enough.

 

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