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Can You Provide Some Tips for Children Who are Picky Eaters?

 

Q. I’m worried about my 11 year old son who won’t eat any vegetables and fruit except carrots, bananas and applesauce.He prefers starchy foods, cheese and a few proteins. Can you give me some advice

 

A. Children can be very hard to feed! If your son is growing normally, and has plenty of energy to play and learn, he is probably getting what he needs. Remember that he learns primarily by example, so if you consume more whole grain foods, fruit and vegetables, he may eventually be persuaded to do the same. Keep offering him healthy options each day even if he chooses not to eat them.

 

Research has shown that children often have to be offered a new food up to 15 times before they will taste it! Don’t give up and try some of our tips for getting picky eaters to eat their fruits and veggies!

 

 
 
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