How to improve children’s taste for healthy food?

Food preparation by children (Source: tescoplc.com)

Main Point:

Don’t worry, if your children don’t like to eat fruits and vegetables. You have only to involve them in cooking or food preparation classes to increase their taste and willingness for these things.

Published in:

Preventing Chronic Disease: Public Health Research, Practice and Policy

Study Further:

Researchers are of opinion that exposing children to healthy foods is important. They have found that sending children to cooking classes or involving them in cooking at house could help them in increasing their interest in eating vegetables, fruits, and fibers. These classes and programs can help in positively influencing children’s food preferences and behaviors.

In the present era, it is important to expose children to healthy habits. It has been reported that childhood obesity rates are increasing in the U.S. Over 30% of adolescents in the U.S. are obese, as reported by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in 2012. This increase is attributed to the decreased consumption of meals at home since the 1980s. People go to restaurants, and prefer to eat less nutritious foods. Involving children in cooking habits can change their thinking about healthy foods, thereby positively affecting their future life.

Healthy eating habits of children can be improved by food programs (Credit: U.S. Department of Agriculture/Flickr)Research is also showing that such programs could develop prolonged healthy habits in children. However, further studies are required to confirm the positive influence of such activities on children when they become adult. Moreover, this research is also showing the importance of parents in the healthy eating habits of children.

Most important of all, children enjoy such activities, and obviously it is good for their health.

Reference:

Hersch, D., Perdue, L., Ambroz, T., & Boucher, J. (2014). The Impact of Cooking Classes on Food-Related Preferences, Attitudes, and Behaviors of School-Aged Children: A Systematic Review of the Evidence, 2003–2014 Preventing Chronic Disease, 11 DOI: 10.5888/pcd11.140267

Usman Zafar Paracha

Usman Zafar Paracha is a sort of entrepreneur. He is the author of "Color Atlas of Statistics", and the owner of an Android game "Faily Rocket."