'Eat your vegetables!' is a new book that redefines how to raise healthy eaters. How do you get a picky young eater who refuses everything to like fruits and vegetables? How do you get children to try nutritious foods when all they want is something sweet or salty?
How do you raise healthy eaters without constant mealtime struggles? The book, Eat your vegetables!' New book redefines how to raise healthy eaters, (Healthy Learning, May 2012), provides parents with a step-by-step plan to help kids embrace fruits, vegetables and other healthful foods without battles, bribes and coercion.
In her new book, "'Eat Your Vegetables' and Other Mistakes Parents Make: Redefining How to Raise Healthy Eaters" (Healthy Learning, May 2012), registered dietitian Dr. Natalie Digate Muth, a pediatric resident at Mattel Children's Hospital, University of California - Los Angeles Health Sciences (UCLA) and mother of two, provides parents with a step-by-step plan to help kids embrace fruits, vegetables and other healthful foods without battles, bribes and coercion.
The strategies, tailored to a child's age and development level, are based on scientifically proven research and are accompanied by real-life anecdotes and expert advice
"As parents, we all struggle with how to get our children to actually want to eat a healthy, balanced diet," Muth explains in the May 29, 2012 news release, Eat your vegetables!' New book redefines how to raise healthy eaters. "As a formerly obese child, a mother of a once-picky eater and a pediatrician acutely aware of the epidemics of obesity and inactivity in our children, I am highly motivated to help children and parents work together — free of mealtime battles — to adopt healthy eating and activity habits."
The book helps parents assure healthful nutrition for kids of all ages. And while some of the strategies might be surprising, they work, Muth said. Parents will not only learn what exactly constitutes a healthy eating plan at various ages and stages, but they'll also discover tips and tricks to get kids to actually want to eat healthy. Among the topics:
- Learning the (reverse) psychology of getting kids to eat healthy.
- Why the "clean plate club" contributes to childhood and adult obesity.
- How using food as a reward causes more long-term damage than short-term parental sanity.
- How subtle marketing and packaging tactics are designed to sabotage healthy eating habits.
- Learning effective strategies to get the young "couch potato" up and moving.
Each chapter is followed by simple, kid-friendly recipes developed by Dr. Mary Saph Tanaka, a pediatric resident at UCLA and a talented amateur chef, which help parents turn the information contained within the chapters into action — starting with the next meal or snack.
"'Eat Your Vegetables'" is a pediatrician- and mom-tested guide to help parents and caregivers raise healthy food eaters for life," said Dr. Tanya Altmann, a pediatrician, mother and book author. "With many of today's children being raised on fast-food nutrition and couch-potato fitness, Dr. Muth gives parents direction in this step-by-step guide for shaping a child's psyche to help them embrace and enjoy fruits and vegetables."
For more information on the book, Eat Your Vegetables and Other Mistakes Parents Make: Redefining How to Raise Healthy Eaters. Or see the Dr. Natalie Muth site. To view a video interview with the authors, go to the You Tube video, "UCLA doctors on new book about kids eating healthy."
Pairing foods for picky eaters
The adult survey finds strong food and drink combining preferences. The pairing of soft drinks with calorie dense foods is regarded favorably, while the pairing of soft drinks with vegetables is not. In child food trials, vegetable consumption is not influenced by the child’s fussiness but is influenced by the drink accompaniment.
In limited contexts, these findings demonstrate the contingent relationship between drink context and food consumption. Both palate preference and associative learning may be mechanisms driving the effects of drink context on food consumption.
The findings suggest simple consumer strategies that might be employed to change dietary patterns. For example, drink water with meals, and hold straightforward policy implications. Another example might be to increase water as the default option in meal deals.
According to the study, "Contingent Choice: Exploring the Relationship between Sweetened Beverages and Vegetable Consumption," recently published in the journal Appetite, the key to getting children to eat their greens may be to give them water with their meals. To read the full article from Appetite on ScienceDirect see, "Contingent Choice: Exploring the Relationship Between Sweetened Beverages and Vegetable Consumption." Authors are T. Bettina Cornwell, Anna R. McAlister.
In the study, researchers from the University of Oregon claim that serving water encourages children to make better diet choices, as they associate sugary, high-calorie drinks with fast food. Check out the news release, "Children may eat their greens with a glass of water," from the journal Appetite.
The study looked at the drinks and vegetables consumed by 75 children aged three to five. The children ate more raw vegetables such as carrots or peppers when they had water with a meal than if they had a soft drink. The researchers said serving water could be a simple and effective dietary change to help address obesity, and that it would also reduce dehydration.
The study also was covered by mainstream media such as The Telegraph, The Daily Mail, New Medical and several other news services. Click on the links below to read the full stories online: See, "Key to getting children to eat greens revealed...just give them a glass of water with their meal," – The Daily Mail or "Water could change the way we eat: Study" - News Medical.
Picky eaters as kids consume fewer fresh produce
Children who are viewed as 'picky eaters' consume fewer fruits and vegetables, according to a 2010 study from Michigan State University in East Lansing. The research was published recently in the journal Public Health Nursing.
American parents and school cafeteria planners usually wonder how to meet the nutritional needs of children who are picky eaters. The University of California, Davis also studies children with autism who are picky eaters. See the video, Autism Diets: Helping Picky Eaters, by Julie Matthews - YouTube by Julie Matthews.
You may want to check out the study published in the December 14, 2010 issue of Public Health Nursing, and also released as a news release back in 2010, "Mothers' diets have biggest influence on children eating healthy," As health professionals search for ways to combat the rise in obesity and promote healthy eating, new research reveals a mother's own eating habits – and whether she views her child as a 'picky eater' – has a huge impact on whether her child consumes enough fruits and vegetables, according to the December 14 news release.
Why are toddlers less likely to consume fruits and vegetables if their parents didn't eat those foods frequently?
A study by professor Mildred Horodynski of Michigan State University's College of Nursing looked at nearly 400 low-income women (black and non-Hispanic white) with children ages 1-3 enrolled in Early Head Start programs. Results show toddlers were less likely to consume fruits and vegetables four or more times a week if their mothers did not consume that amount or if their mothers viewed their children as picky eaters. Mildred Horodynski, College of Nursing professor, is looking at the impact mothers' diets have on their children's eating habits. Click here for more information.
"What and how mothers eat is the most direct influence on what toddlers eat," Horodynski explained in the Dec. 14, 2010 news release. "Health professionals need to consider this when developing strategies to increase a child's consumption of healthy foods. Diets low in fruit and vegetables even at young ages pose increased risks for chronic diseases later in life."
When mothers viewed their children as picky eaters – unwilling to try nonfamiliar foods – a decrease also was seen in the amount of fruits and vegetables consumed. "Perceptions of a toddler as a picky eater may be related to parenting style or culture," Horodynski said in the news release. "Mothers who viewed their children as picky eaters may be more lax in encouraging the consumption of fruits and vegetables."
Previous research shows that early repeated exposure to different types of foods is needed; up to 15 exposures may be needed before it can be determined if a child likes or dislikes a food. Horodynski's study, which collected information from mothers from 28 Michigan counties, also revealed differences among race: Black mothers and toddlers did not consume as much fruits and vegetables as non-Hispanic whites, though a majority of all study subjects fell below recommended U.S. dietary guidelines.
Kids eat foods they see eaten frequently by family members
"Special attention must be given to family-based approaches to incorporating fruits and vegetables into daily eating habits," she said, according to the news release. "Efforts to increase mothers' fruit and vegetable intake would result in more positive role modeling."
In addition, Horodynski said, public health nurses and other health professionals must play an important role in enhancing mothers' awareness of the importance of health eating." Mother needs to have the knowledge and confidence to make these healthy decisions for their children," she said in the news release, "Mothers' diets have biggest influence on children eating healthy." You may wish to check out the articles, "Is picky eating an eating disorder?" and "Adult picky eaters now recognized as having a disorder."
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