Appetizers make vegetables more appetizing to kids
Monday 17 May 2010
In the never-ending war against childhood obesity, researchers are trying to figure out the best way to instill healthy eating habits in young children. A new study published in the May edition of the
American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that hungry children aged three to four who were given vegetable snacks prior to a meal were more likely to eat all their vegetables.
"We have shown that you can use portion size strategically to encourage children and adults to eat more of the foods that are high in nutrients but low in calories," said Barbara J. Rolls, Helen A. Guthrie Chair of Nutritional Sciences at Penn State University.
Rolls and colleagues tested their findings by serving a lunch with or without a carrot appetizer to 51 daycare children at four different times and measured the amount of vegetables consumed. The children all received pasta, broccoli, unsweetened applesauce, and low-fat milk following a first course of "no carrots or 30g, 60g, or 90g of carrot." The children were allotted ten minutes to eat their veggie appetizer.
The results showed those who did not have any carrots to start ate only "23 grams of broccoli from the main course," however the children that were first served 30g of carrots ate nearly 50% more broccoli and those given 60g ate three times the amount of broccoli (63g) than those who had no carrots.
Maureen Spill, Penn State graduate student in nutrition and co-author, added, "The great thing about this study is the very clear and easy message for parents and care-givers that while you are preparing dinner, put some vegetables out for your children to snack on while they're hungry. Parents also need to set an example by eating vegetables while children are young and impressionable."
Full study, "Eating vegetables first: the use of portion size to increase vegetable intake in preschool children": http://www.ajcn.org/cgi/content/abstract/91/5/1237
Life & Style blogs
GTA 5 Online DLC: San Andreas Flight School update brings 16-seater jet plane and more
What is ALS and the Ice Bucket Challenge?
London restaurant 34 creates champagne glass modelled on Kate Moss’ left breast
Anal sex study reveals climate of 'coercion'
As Kellie Maloney has experienced, when you're transgender, strangers think it's OK to ask intimate questions – it's not
- 1 Jeremy Clarkson 'does not see a problem' with his racist language on Top Gear, says BBC
- 2 Richard Dawkins on babies with Down Syndrome: 'Abort it and try again – it would be immoral to bring it into the world'
- 3 ALS ice bucket challenge co-founder Corey Griffin drowns, aged 27
- 4 A third of employers never check job applicants' qualifications, survey finds
- 5 James Foley beheading: Fox news presenter Megyn Kelly annoyed by Ferguson update during broadcast about murdered journalist
£25000 - £35000 per annum: Harrington Starr: Junior Quant Analyst - C++, Boost...
£25000 - £35000 per annum: Harrington Starr: Service Desk Analyst- (Desktop Su...
£30000 - £50000 per annum: Harrington Starr: Junior Quant Analyst (Machine Lea...
£45000 - £55000 per annum: Harrington Starr: UNIX Application Support Analyst-...