Parenting: Make Them Veggie Lovers!

Undated. Retrieved online October 13, 2009 from Maura Rhodes,, Parenting

Here’s a trick for getting kids to open wide for all things nutritious

Got a kid who turns up his nose at just about any food that comes out of the ground?

Here’s a trick for getting him to open wide: Name that vegetable!

Researchers at Cornell University found that when preschoolers were told that ordinary carrot sticks were called “x-ray vision carrots,” they ate almost twice as many of them.

Not only that, but the kids continued to eat more carrots, even when they didn’t carry the catchy name.

The strategy worked because “framing healthy foods in ways that children can relate to helps encourage tasting and eating,” says study coauthor Collin Payne, Ph.D.

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