Adding dip to veggies gets kids to eat more

May 31, 2013, Reuters

By Kerry Grens

Offering a dip alongside vegetables encourages kids to eat veggies they might normally push aside, according to a new study.

“It is a good idea to try to pair less preferred foods, like vegetables, particularly those that your child doesn’t like so much, with something to give it a little more flavor,” said Marlene Schwartz, of the Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity at Yale University, who was not involved in the study.

Jennifer Savage, at the Center for Childhood Obesity Research at Pennsylvania State University, and colleagues asked 34 preschoolers to do a taste test of vegetables with and without a low-fat dip.

More kids said they liked the vegetable if it was paired with a flavored dip that they liked, compared to a vegetable without a dip or with a plain dip. Continue reading