Children who understand nutrition eat more vegetables

Children that read books about nutrition and understand how the human body works are substantially more likely to eat vegetables .
This is according to research from Stanford University, which wanted to test how well preschool students responded to educational programmes about diet intake.
Children were assigned to classrooms, with some told to read nutrition books during their daily snack time for around three months, while others carried on their normal routine.
It was found the students who knew more about the way food interacted with their bodies ate more than double the amount of fruit and vegetables compared to those in the control group and this could have a huge impact for parents who want their kids to be healthier.
While further research is needed before a final conclusion into the efficacy of the new technique is reached, the authors behind the study are optimistic that it can be applied to schools around the US.
“In the future, our conceptually-based educational materials could be combined with behaviorally-focused nutrition interventions with the hope of boosting healthy eating more than either technique alone,” they concluded.

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