If you’re struggling to get your little one to eat her five-a-day, this could be the secret to your success…
Your toddler is more likely to eat fruit and vegetables if she doesn’t know how healthy they are, according to new research.
The US study, in the Journal of Consumer Research, looked at the eating habits of children aged three to five years old recorded in five separate studies.
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Each child read a picture storybook about a girl who ate a snack of crackers and carrots and some of the books explained the health benefits of eating the snack, while others didn’t.
The researchers found that the children tended to eat more of their carrot snack when they didn’t know about its benefits.
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‘We predicted that when food is presented to children as making them strong or as a tool to achieve a goal such as learning how to read or count, they would conclude the food is not as tasty and therefore consume less of it,’ say researchers Michal Maimaran of the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and Ayelet Fishbach of the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
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