Children can learn to love vegetables, study shows

Children can learn to eat new vegetables if they are introduced regularly before the age of two, suggests a University of Leeds study.

Children 'should be exposed to vegetables 5 to 10 times'

Parents who wish to encourage healthy eating in their children should start early and often, researchers from the University of Leeds have said. Lead researcher Professor Marion Hetherington, from the Institute of Psychological Sciences added:

If you want to encourage your children to eat vegetables, make sure you start early and often. Even if your child is fussy or does not like veggies, our study shows that five to 10 exposures will do the trick.

– Professor Marion Hetherington

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Children 'need early taste of vegetables', study shows

Offering infants a frequent taste of vegetables may be a way to turn them on to healthy food, a study suggests.

Scientists found that starting early was the key to encouraging children to eat up their greens - or, in this case, artichoke.

Scientists found that starting early was the key to encouraging children to eat up their greens Credit: PA

The vegetable was chosen for the experiment because a survey showed it to be one of the least popular with parents.

Most babies given frequent small meals of artichoke puree increased the amount they ate over time, while 21% fell into the category of "plate clearers" who gobbled up more than 75% of each helping.

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