As parents we all know it can be a struggle at dinner time sometimes when trying to get the kids to eat their vegetables. Now scientists are suggesting labelling vegetables to garner children’s interest in eating them.
The study which was carried out at Cornell University found out by studying the eating habits of 147 children, who ranged from eight to 11 and then had them taste a new lunch each day over three days, which included carrots.
They found that changing the names of the carrots didn’t affect the students put onto their plates but did increase the amount of vegetables eaten overall. When the carrots were named ‘X-ray vision carrots’ the children ate 66 per cent of the carrot whereas of it was called ‘food of the day’ then only 32 per cent of the kids ate them and surprisingly 35 per cent ate them when they weren’t named at all.
The study also included naming other vegetables such as ‘Power Punch Broccoli’ and ‘Silly Dilly Green Beans’ in one schools lunchroom. A school close to where this test was being carried out also were also being studied and they hadn’t named their vegetables.
In the end they discovered that naming the vegetables brought about a 99 per cent increase in the sales of vegetables and was a complete success.
This process can be especially useful where a school has a limited budget as it literally costs nothing than a little more than imagination. Using attractive names helps children become slightly more excited by their food and works across all age spectrums.