Health + Safety
It’s Child’s Play: ‘Tasting Game’ Helps Kids Accept Vegetables
Using a game at home, parents can help their children learn to like vegetables, a new study shows.
Parents often struggle with children who refuse to eat their vegetables because they don’t like the bitter flavors. This can lead to kids becoming picky eaters and not having a balanced diet.
“Parents are important because they choose the foods that come into the house and are served at meals. They are also role models,” Jane Wardle told Reuters in an email. She worked on the study at the Health Behaviour Research Centre of University College London.
“However, when it comes to vegetables, even vegetable-loving parents can have children who won’t eat them,” Wardle added.
Past studies showed researchers and doctors can make kids more open to eating veggies by repeatedly offering them tastes followed by a reward. But that strategy requires several office visits, and not all parents of fussy eaters can get professional advice.
In the new study, Wardle and her colleagues found a similar process could be used by parents at home. They called the intervention Tiny Tastes.