Flavor-pairing may teach kids to like vegetables

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Parenting/Kids News Headlines – Yahoo! News
Flavor-pairing may teach kids to like vegetables

Some of more than 8,000lbs of locally grown broccoli from a partnership between Farm to School and Healthy School Meals is served in a salad to students at Marston Middle School in San DiegoBy Allison Bond NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Parents have long poured on cheese sauce, peanut butter and the like to coax kids to eat their vegetables, but a new study suggests those tricks might also get children to look more favorably at the vegetables themselves. Preschoolers introduced to Brussels sprouts alongside cream cheese to spread on the bitter vegetable more often said they liked the sprouts and ate more of them, even when later served plain. The strategy of pairing something new with something a person already likes is known as associative conditioning and could be helpful in encouraging kids – and adults – to eat more fruits and vegetables, the authors say. "This has the potential to change the eating habits of children, including eating more vegetables, and this in turn will affect childhood obesity," said Elizabeth Capaldi-Phillips, a psychologist at Arizona State University and lead author of the study.

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