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