Most parents agree that it can seem like a Sisyphean challenge to get their young kids to eat more vegetables, but a study in Appetite suggests a fairly easy solution that will result in them eating more of this vital food group.
Investigators at Pennsylvania State University found that simply adding bigger portions of veggies to the serving plates of children ages 3–5 (while keeping portions of other foods the same) resulted in them consuming more vegetables at a meal. When the amount of corn and broccoli served at a meal was doubled from 60 to 120 grams, the kids ate 68% more of the veggies. Interestingly, seasoning the vegetables with butter and salt did not affect consumption.
The majority of U.S. children don’t eat the recommended daily amount of vegetables, at least 1.5 cups, so this portion-size tactic could be an easy remedy to help kids eat more vegetables. Perhaps in the future, youngsters will even ask for seconds of spinach.
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