Getting Kids To Eat Their Veggies!

January 5, 2012 Updated Jan 6, 2012 at 9:48 AM EDT

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Getting Kids To Eat Their Veggies!

January 5, 2012 Updated Jan 6, 2012 at 9:48 AM EDT

(WKBW/Cleveland Clinic) How can you get your kids to eat more vegetables? A new study says you may want to use a little R and R. That's repetition and rewards.

The British report found repeatedly exposing kids to vegetables, then
rewarding the children with stickers, seems to work.

Registered Dietitian Andrea Rumschlag of the Cleveland Clinic says, "Every time the child tasted the food, they would get a sticker and that for them was positive reinforcement to continue trying the new food. In the end, they were still able to eat the new
food without having to get the stickers over and over again."

Researchers split nearly 150 children, ages 3 and 4, into three groups.

One group got stickers every time they ate a vegetable, another group got praise and the third group got nothing.

Results show the sticker group was more likely to eat their vegetables, even if they previously disliked them.

Researchers say parents need to pack patience when introducing new foods to their children.

Rumschlag says,"When you try to get your picky eater to eat a new food, repetition is key. You want to keep offering the same food over and over again just to entice them and get them more familiar with it because the more familiar they're going to be the less anxious they'll feel about trying it."

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