14 Dec '11, 3am

Kids won't eat veggies? Try rewards, a study says

Kids won't eat veggies? Try rewards, a study says

If your preschoolers turn up their noses at carrots or celery, a small reward like a sticker for taking even a taste may help get them to eat previously shunned foods, a UK study said. -- ST PHOTO: CAROLINE CHIA (REUTERS) - If your preschoolers turn up their noses at carrots or celery, a small reward like a sticker for taking even a taste may help get them to eat previously shunned foods, a UK study said. Though it might seem obvious that a reward could tempt young children to eat their vegetables, the idea is actually controversial, researchers wrote in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. That's because some studies have shown that rewards can backfire and cause children to lose interest in foods they already liked, said Ms Jane Wardle, a researcher at University College London who worked on the study. Verbal praise, such as 'Brilliant! You're a great vegetable ta...

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