Spinach Power?

Kids' vegetable intake linked to Popeye cartoons and junior cooking classes.

Does your kid shy away from his greens? Take heart. A new research published in the journal Nutrition & Dietetics has found that watching Popeye cartoons is one of the ways that can help increase vegetable intake in kindergarten children, as well as the types of vegetables that kids eat.
Lead researcher Professor Chutima Sirikulchayanonta at Mahidol University in Bangkok says, "We got the children planting vegetable seeds, taking part in fruit and vegetable tasting parties, cooking vegetable soup, and watching Popeye cartoons."
Studies have shown the food habits developed in early childhood 'track' into adulthood and therefore healthy food choices at an early age can have a major impact on the future health of adults. The research also highlights that sitting next to children and eating the same foods as them makes children feel special.
'Tasting' parties are an enjoyable way for children to compare tastes of fruit and vegetables. Involving children in food preparation activities helps them learn the names and colours of foods, and develops their hand-eye coordination at the same time.


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