Hiding vegetables in kids` foods doubles vegetable intake

A new study has found that adding pureed vegetables to children`s foods nearly doubles their intake of vegetable while reducing calories in the recipes.

Preschool children consumed nearly twice as many vegetables and 11 percent fewer calories over the course of a day when Penn State researchers added pureed vegetables to their favourite foods.

`Childhood obesity rates are on the rise, and at the same time children are not eating the recommended amount of vegetables,` said Barbara Rolls, holder of the Helen A. Guthrie Chair in Nutritional Sciences.

`Vegetables have been shown to help lower calorie intake. The problem is getting kids to eat enough vegetables,` she said.

In their study, the researchers served vegetable-enhanced entrees to 39 children between the ages of 3 and 6 on three separate days.

Healthy kid-friendly recipes

They tested three familiar foods-zucchini bread for breakfast, pasta with a tomato-based sauce for lunch and chicken noodle casserole for dinner.

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