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Almost every third child refuses to eat vegetables and prefers to eat "fast food" such as fries or burgers. However, the reasons lie much more in the eating habits than in the taste.
(15.08.2010) According to a Forsa survey on behalf of the Techniker Krankenkasse (TK), every third child rejects healthy vegetables. The reasons, however, lie with the parents and much less with the taste of the vegetables. "Fast food" and ready-made meals promote obesity and the resulting complications. The sense of taste is manifested at an early age. Children eat little vegetables and many more finished products with additional artificial flavors, so the vegetables usually taste bland and boring for many children. It is therefore important to get children used to a healthy and varied diet from an early age. Sigrid Piotrowski, nutrition consultant of the German Nutrition Society, also said: "It is important to introduce boys and girls to healthy and, above all, varied nutrition from an early age, because childhood habits usually last a lifetime".
But children are more conservative when eating and less willing to try new foods and flavors. What they don't know, they don't eat, so many parents experience. Nutrition experts and educators therefore recommend that you go shopping with the children, involve them in the choice of food and involve them in the cooking. This gives the children positive access to the production and preparation of food. It is important to give the children responsibilities and responsibilities. Most children are happy when they are involved and get a different picture of nutrition. "Children like to touch in the kitchen. This arouses interest and desire for varied food. Then the little ones dare to try the unknown," says the nutrition expert.
But the parents' previous life leaves much to be desired. In the everyday life of numerous families, there is hardly any space for eating and preparing meals together. This was also confirmed by the study by the TK fund. In every fifth household during the week there is usually no time to eat together. In every fourth family, everyone eats at their own pace. Everyone eats on their own and mostly unhealthy finished products. Common meals hardly take place there.
As many studies have shown, eating together is important for nutrition and the social structure within the family. "Child nutrition is an educational task. Parents should show their children that healthy eating has something to do with enjoyment and that it is not just about getting full," says nutritionist Piotrowski.
Numerous initiatives and health centers offer cooking and nutrition courses. There parents and children can learn how to use food properly and learn what nutrition promotes health. The health centers of the Health Department offer more information. There are also numerous creative vegetable recipes on the Internet that can be easily and quickly cooked. If vegetables have been prepared correctly and imaginatively, most children and parents will also like the food. (sb)
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