BLOG NEWS: Serving a variety of vegetables encourages greater consumption

A recent study released in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition shows that serving a variety of vegetables as snacks increases their intake by preschool children.

Children aged 3-5 yrs were offered either a single vegetable snack (cucumber, capsicum, or tomato) or a variety of all three. The pieces were the same size, the children chose the vegetables, and they ate as much as they wanted.

The results showed that offering a variety of vegetables increased the amount of vegetables eaten by preschool children.

This study looked at whether offering a variety of familiar vegetables as a snack to preschool children would lead to increased selection and intake. Previous research had found that serving a greater variety of food does increase intake, however, this effect had not been studied in preschool children.

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