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How to make children eat greens

A study has shown why it can be so hard to persuade some children to eat their greens; according to psychologist Dr Gillian Harris, infants weaned on rusks, processed baby foods and milk are more likely to prefer “beige carbohydrates” such as crisps and white bread when they are older. Babies fed a more colourful diet of fruit and vegetables will show a greater preference for those foods. This, she says, is because babies are hardwired to develop a “visual prototype” of the food that is safe to eat. “If you eat Brussels sprouts at two, you are more likely to be eating them when you are 40,” she told The Daily Telegraph.
The Week 9 April 2005


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