Kids twice as likely to eat healthy after watching cooking shows featuring healthy food

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Children who watched a cooking show featuring healthy food were nearly three times more likely to make a healthy food choice than those who watched a different episode showing unhealthy dishes, a study says.

Researchers, including those from Tilburg University in the Netherlands, asked 125 children between the ages of 10 and 12 to watch 10 minutes of a Dutch public television cooking program designed for children.

As a reward for participating, the kids were offered a snack, which they could choose from a set of options — some which were healthier than the others.

The findings, published in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, revealed that Children who watched the healthy program were far more likely to choose one of the healthy snack options — an apple, or a few pieces of cucumber — than one of the unhealthy options — a handful of chips, or a handful of salted mini-pretzels.

“The findings from this study indicate cooking programs can be a promising tool for promoting positive changes in children’s food-related preferences, attitudes, and behaviours,” said study lead author Frans Folkvord from Tilburg University.Read More..

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