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Children want fruit to look good

5th May 2010

British nutritionists have said that making fruit as appetising as possible could encourage children to eat more of it.


It follows a study of almost 100 school pupils in the Netherlands and Belgium that suggested making fruit look good holds the key to getting children to eat more of it.

The journal Appetite reported that in tests, when offered the same amount and types of fruit, children ate far more if it was made fun and attractive.

Speaking after the findings, Dr Laura Wyness of the British Nutrition Foundation, said: "It is advisable to try to make food as appetising as possible.

“How food looks probably does have quite an influence, especially for kids who are getting used to different types of food.”

For children who were fussy eaters, hiding vegetables and fruits in other foods like sauces was a solution, said Dr Wyness.

Another technique, she added, was simply to cut fruit and vegetables into interesting shapes.

In the European study, children aged four to seven were offered apples, strawberries and seedless grapes but presented in different ways.

The children opted for fruits made into interesting shapes or spiked on cocktail sticks into a melon like a hedgehog but were not so keen on the same cubed fruits when they were simply offered on a white dish.

Researchers said supermarkets could also capitalise on the findings to make fruit more appealing for children and their parents alike.

However, researcher Esther Jansen said the novelty could soon wear off and parents and food producers needed to remain innovative.


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