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To be Fond of Children Eating Vegetables

Vegetables contain many essential nutrients, but why most children do not like it? It takes the right strategy for child and used to love to eat vegetables, one of them by introducing Popeye as idol.

Vegetables contain many essential nutrients, but why most children do not like it? It takes the right strategy for child and used to love to eat vegetables, one of them by introducing Popeye as idol.

Popeye the sailor is a cartoon character that has been popular since the era of the 1930s. Appearance often associated with eating vegetables propaganda among the children in those days, because the character described which makes it fun to eat spinach to be very strong in a flash.

A researcher from Mahidol University in Bangkok proved, by making use of multimedia such propaganda was very effective in increasing vegetable consumption in children. In an experiment that lasted for 8 weeks, he plays a series of Popeye on the sidelines of the lunch hour kindergarten students.

Result is affected by the behavior idol, vegetable and fruit intake in children increased 2-fold after the program. Besides the parents also reported that kindergarten students feel proud to have been eating vegetables at lunch at school.

Prof Chutima Sirikulchayanonta who led the study acknowledges, cartoon movie is not the only determining factor. For the experiment, he put a variety of interactive programs such as:

A. Invite the students to grow vegetables together

2. Held a garden party with a menu of vegetables and fruits

3. Tutorials for students to cook soup.

As for the parents in the home, Prof Chutima give notes about some things that can make children like to eat more vegetables. Quoted from ScienceDaily, Sunday (08/08/2010), some records are as follows:

A. Sitting next to children who are eating vegetables and then go eat the same menu will make the child feel special

2. Tasting the various flavors of fruit and vegetables is a fun way for children to recognize different types of food

3. Involving children in food preparation stages, ranging  and cut the vegetables, seasoning mix will grow to appreciate the taste of food in children.

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