We totally understand if your kid makes a face each time you present them with a plate of broccoli or spinach. As a parent, it can be frustrating to see that your child dismisses naturally healthy vegetables and nourishing greens. But a new study suggests that there’s a way around it.
Dressing up your food and healthy greens attractively might just entice the kids to eat them, according to the study conducted in conjunction with the Research Institute for Child Nutrition in Dortmund, under the direction of scientists from the University of Bonn. This also applies to packaged food for kids. If the packaging has an appealing design, primary school children reach out for healthy foods. The results are being published online, in the journal Frontiers in Psychology.
For the study, researchers examined responses of 179 boys aged eight to 10. They used three different packaging designs for an identical product: yogurt-fruit-cereal snacks, that fulfilled the nutritional requirements according to the FKE guidelines. The first was plain standard packaging, the second packaging depicted additional health information, and the third one included cartoon characters and an attractive product name. The last one was probably most enticing for children, compared to the other two designs. Even in the taste test, the snack with the playful cartoon characters scored best.
Parents can use the results of this study to improve meals for their own kids: make them more attractive and appealing. Follow these tips to convert boring foods into delicious snacks and mains that your kids will thoroughly enjoy, while reaping the benefits of their nutritional content.
Source: Science Daily
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