Study: Segmented Plates Get Kids to Eat More Veggies
IF YOU WANT KIDS TO EAT THEIR VEGETABLES, GET THEM SEGMENTED PLATES SAYS ONE NEW STUDY
(CNN) – How much your child eats could depend on what plate your child uses at meals.
A research letter published Monday in the journal “Jama Pediatrics,” found segmented plates with pictures of recommended foods led preschoolers to eat more vegetables.
The study’s author, a doctoral candidate at the University of Colorado Denver observed more than 200 children at a preschool with an average age of 3.8 years.
She found that on days when kids used the plates, they served themselves slightly more vegetables and ate more than when using the usual white plates.
Lunch trays have shown similar results in elementary school kids.
The researcher says it could be a tool to encourage children toward healthier eating habits early life.