For all those parents who fret that their good counsel on healthy eating falls is an exercise in futility; a new study out of Stanford University suggests that teaching kids about good nutrition from an early age can make a difference in what they eat.
The Stanford researchers found that when preschoolers were read positive, engaging books that touched on nutritional themes before their meals they ate more fruits and veggies. Kids in the study, who didn’t hear the books, ate fewer of these healthy foods.
The study, which involved four and five year-olds, suggests that even pre-schoolers can be taught to grasp nutritional concepts and develop a complex understanding of how the foods they eat can impact their bodies in good and bad ways, researchers say.
The study was published recently in the journal Psychological Science.