A Recent Study Decodes How You Can Make Your Kids Eat More Vegetables
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Recently, a study was conducted at Deakin University Centre for Advanced Sensory Science to see how many vegetables children ate when they were either whole or diced. Everyone was surprised by the outcome.
Do your kids grimace every time you put a bowl of veggies in front of them? As a mother of 2, I know what it’s like to try and get your kids to eat vegetables. You will likely see the screwed up noses, the wailing children, and then the shrieking – ‘Mamaaa’. Such a chore, and mostly ineffective, wouldn’t you agree?
Recently, a study was conducted at Deakin University Centre for Advanced Sensory Science to see how many vegetables children ate when they were either whole or diced.
Everyone was surprised by the outcome. Kids ate more vegetables when they were served to them whole, as compared to when diced. 72 kids of primary school age were part of this study. Each child was given a 500g box of peeled carrots on one day, and the same amount of diced carrots the next day. It was seen that after 10 minutes of eating the vegetable on both days, the carrots that were served whole, rather than diced, were more popular amongst the kids, who chose to eat the whole vegetable for longer.
Dr Gie Liem, senior lecturer, said “Children consumed one whole carrot (one unit) when presented with whole carrots, suggesting that once children started eating a whole carrot they were likely to finish it". They have made an assessment that this was due to the "unit bias". Unit bias is defined as the "tendency for individuals to want to complete a unit of a given item".
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The researchers are optimistic that this trick will not only help children eat more vegetables, but could also work to reverse the unhealthy diet most kids are on nowadays. For example, it may be possible to fill up a child by either dicing or reducing the size of each piece of junk food they crave.
This may not seem like an ideal way to get veggies into your kids’ tummies, but it seems to work. You can use this hack to increase the amount of vegetables your children end up eating, without them knowing any different.