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Toddlers Eat More Vegetables If They Are Rewarded

[Source: Medical X-Press]

New research being presented at this year’s European Congress on Obesity (ECO) in Maastricht, the Netherlands (4–7 May), has found that toddlers eat more vegetables if they are rewarded for trying them.

Healthy eating habits can lower the risk of obesity, cardiovascular disease and cancer. But, as many parents know, young children often don’t like eating their greens.

“It’s important to start eating vegetables from a young age,” says researcher Britt van Belkom, of the Youth, Food & Health program at the Institute for Food, Health & Safety by Design, Maastricht University Campus Venlo, Venlo, The Netherlands. “We know from previous research that young children typically have to try a new vegetable eight to ten times before they like it.

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