What parents don’t want their kids to eat their vegetables? In shades of green, red, orange, and even white, vegetables boast many virtues. With little fat and relatively few calories, vegetables pack in dietary fiber to fill kids up. They also promote healthy bowel function, and can reduce constipation. They also boast important vitamins and minerals including vitamins A and C, folate, and potassium. Studies suggest that eating a produce-rich diet is linked with lower body weight and reduced chronic disease risk—and it may even help kids do better in school.
A study published in Psychological Science found that after being read books about digestion, foods, and nutrients, and being asked questions about them, four to five year-old children ate twice as many vegetables at snack time as they normally did. The researchers said that while they explained to children why their body needs different kinds of healthy food, they didn’t specifically train them to eat more vegetables.
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