A simple trick might be just thing parents are looking for to get kids to eat their veggies.
Instead of trying to force feed them, psychologists suggest using your child's hunger to your advantage and serving vegetables first in isolation.
There are no rules telling children what food groups they should eat first – so naturally, they’ll eat what tastes better to them. But what if vegetables were severed first, like an entrée, to a hungry child, and that's all they had to quell their hunger?
Researchers at the University of Minnesota set out to find the answers.
“For vegetables, their mere presentation in a multi-food context may do little to motivate intake because people opt instead to consume more of the better-liked items,” they researchers write.
Attending a school cafeteria, researchers observed the eating habits of more than 800 students and how many of them chose to take a cup of carrots when displayed amongst other food.
Three months, later they returned. This time, they placed the carrots at the tables (with no other food options) where students could reach them without having to line up.
The result was a 430 per cent increase in carrot consumption.
A separate experiment at a different school with broccoli had similar results.