Explaining food benefits to children


Did your parents ever tell you to eat your carrots so you’ll have good eyesight?

If so a new study suggests they may have been on to something.

Researchers offered 87 young children a variety of healthy foods including green peppers, tomatoes, quinoa, and lentils over six weeks.

The kids ended up eating twice as much if they were told why it was important to eat it like “lentils will make you run faster.”

This is compared to just simply giving the children the food with no explanation.

Experts say it’s important for parents to use phrases that focus on goals children have such as being bigger, faster and jumping higher.

But you also need to make sure it is nutritionally accurate.

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