There's a Secret to Getting Kids to Eat Vegetables
Do you have a child who refuses to eat anything green? Rewarding them for trying new vegetables may make them more willing to eat them, a new study claims.
"It's important to start eating vegetables from a young age," said lead researcher Britt van Belkom, from the Youth, Food and Health program at Maastricht University's Institute for Food, Health and Safety by Design in the Netherlands.
“We know from previous research that young children typically have to try a new vegetable eight to 10 times before they like it," she noted. “And so we looked at whether repeatedly asking children to try some vegetables would make them more willing to eat their greens. We were also interested in whether providing a fun reward would make a difference.
Britt van Belkom is researcher at the Campus Venlo