Kids will eat their veggies if they taste good

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School-aged children can learn to like healthy whole grains, fruits and vegetables, especially if they taste good.

A recent study found that "schools should not abandon healthier foods if they are initially met with resistance by students" according to lead author Juliana Cohen of the Department of Nutrition at Harvard University. Children ate up to 30% more vegetables when school dinners were made more palatable with the help of a professional chef.

The research, published by the Journal of the American Medical Association's website, highlighted the importance of focusing on the palatability of school meals and provides an encouraging sign in the battle to fight childhood obesity.

About 32 million children eat meals at American schools each day and many low-income students get up to half their daily calories from school meals.

Researchers conducted their trial during the 2011-2012 school year among 14 elementary and middle schools in two urban, low-income Massachusetts school districts. A total of 2,638 children participated in the study.

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