About The Buzz: Dipping Vegetables Increases Vegetable Intake by 80% in Children?
TheBUZZ Dipping vegetables increases vegetable intake by 80% in children?
WHAT THEY’RE SAYING
WHAT WE KNOW
It can be a struggle to get children to eat their recommended amounts of fruits and vegetables. However, there’s no need to panic! If your children are growing normally and have plenty of energy to play and learn, they’re probably getting what they need.
HOW DO WE KNOW THIS?
In a recent study published in the American Dietetic Association, 152 preschool-age kids were served broccoli as a snack over seven (7) weeks. Researchers found that consumption of vegetables increased 80% when the kids were served broccoli with 2.5 ounces of ranch dressing as a dip. The results were the same whether the dip was low-fat or not.*
Try lots of creative ways to get your kids to experiment with fruits and veggies! While at times it might be frustrating, trying new ways to prepare fruits and vegetables (we have over 1,000 recipes!) and being positive are very important when trying to get your kids to love them! Read About Picky Eaters
* Fisher, J., J. Mennella, S. Hughes, et al. “Offering ‘Dip’ Promotes Intake of a Moderately-Liked Raw Vegetables among Preschoolers with Genetic Sensitivity to Bitterness.” Journal of the American Dietetic Association (2011), doi: 10.1016/j.jada.2011.08.032
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