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Finally, a Trick That Gets Kids to Eat More Broccoli

Offering children a variety of vegetables increases intake, study suggests.

Getting kids to eat vegetables

Most parents will agree that getting their kids to eat greens can be really difficult. Simultaneously offering them multiple options seems to be a solution.

Young children who were regularly given three veggies at a meal increased their vegetable consumption from 0.6 to 1.2 servings per day. Children who were served a single vegetable during mealtime did not increase their intake.

Reported by Australian researchers in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, the findings were gleaned over a 5-week period from 32 children, ages 4–6, who had a low consumption of vegetables prior to the study.

Matthew Kadey, MS, RD

Matthew Kadey, MS, RD, is a James Beard Award–winning food journalist, dietitian and author of the cookbook Rocket Fuel: Power-Packed Food for Sport + Adventure (VeloPress 2016). He has written for dozens of magazines, including Runner’s World, Men’s Health, Shape, Men’s Fitness and Muscle and Fitness.

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