A Little Reward Might Get Kids to Eat Veggies

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According to a report published through Reuters Health Information, written by  Amy Norton and seen in MedlinePlus –  ” If your preschooler turns her nose up at vegetables, giving her a small reward for taking even a taste might help, a new study suggests.

Researchers found that when parents gave their 3- and 4-year-olds a sticker each time they took a “tiny taste” of a disliked vegetable, it gradually changed the preschoolers’ attitude.

After a couple weeks, kids rewarded with stickers were giving higher ratings to a vegetable they’d previously sworn off. On average, the vegetable moved up the scale from between 1 and 2 — or somewhere between “yucky” and “just OK” — to between 2 and 3 (“just OK” and “yummy”).

The children were also willing to eat more of the vegetable in taste tests in the lab.

Verbal praise, on the other hand, did not work so well, the study found.” http://1.usa.gov/ru7DYt [MedlinePlus]

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