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Kids Who Watch Popeye Cartoons Eat More Vegetables 119

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from the I-yam-what-I-yam dept.
markmark57 writes "Popeye cartoons, tasting parties and junior cooking classes can help increase vegetable intake in kindergarten children, according to new research published in the journal Nutrition & Dietetics. Researchers at Mahidol University in Bangkok found the type and amount of vegetables children ate improved after they took part in a program using multimedia and role models to promote healthy food. Twenty six kindergarten children aged four to five participated in the eight-week study. The researchers recorded the kinds and amounts of fruit and vegetables eaten by the children before and after the program."
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Kids Who Watch Popeye Cartoons Eat More Vegetables

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  • Huh (Score:3, Interesting)

    by sanctimonius hypocrt (235536) on Monday August 09, 2010 @03:38PM (#33193806) Homepage Journal
    And yet kids who watch violent movies aren't more violent. Weird, eh?
  • Re:Except... (Score:4, Interesting)

    by digitig (1056110) on Monday August 09, 2010 @04:39PM (#33195130)
    Spinach is great as an ingredient (spanakopita, eggs Florentine and so on). It's only vile when boiled on its own and dumped on the plate as a green gloop. As you say, the myth about high iron came about because of a slipped decimal point, but it's still one of the easiest green leafy veg to make palatable, as long as you take the trouble to make it palatable. Even just frying some crushed garlic and pine nut kernels and mixing them in makes a huge difference, although that's probably more an adult taste than a kids one.

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