Grow­ing love of veg­eta­bles

The Daily Telegraph (Sydney) - Best Weekend - - KIDSPOT NEWS -

IF you have trou­ble per­suad­ing your chil­dren to eat their greens, give them a trowel and send them out into the gar­den.

Re­searchers found chil­dren who learn to grow veg­eta­bles are more likely to eat their five a day. In fact they are five times more likely to en­joy salad when they have grown it them­selves.

A team from Ohio State Uni­ver­sity and Cor­nell Uni­ver­sity in New York mon­i­tored 370 stu­dents eat­ing lunch in their school can­teen to see what they put on their plate and what they left be­hind. On nor­mal days just 2 per cent added salad to their meals.

But when the salad in­gre­di­ents were grown by pupils in a school project, 10 per cent chose the healthy op­tion.

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