One of the most common questions I get in the office is, “How do I get my child to eat more vegetables (and fruits)?” It is a question that I don’t have easy answers for, so I’m encouraged by a new study showing that educating children on nutrition can increase their vegetable consumption over time.
The results of the study were published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science, and found that having an overarching, conceptual framework for nutrition encourages children to understand why eating a variety of foods is ideal, causing them to eat more vegetables by choice.
Young children are naturally curious and want to understand why and how things work, so teaching them the importance of nutrition and eating vegetables increases the likelihood that they’ll eat vegetables voluntarily.
The study reported that further research is needed to see if conceptual intervention is effective long term; however, teaching your children about nutrition at a young age won’t cause them any harm, so you can give it a try to see if your children will want to eat more vegetables.
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