How to Cure Picky Eating in 3 Easy Steps

If you have young kids, then you understand that a dinner table can quickly turn into a battlefield strewn with broccoli and peas if you have the audacity to serve anything other than dinosaur chicken nuggets and mac 'n' cheese. It's a magical, terrifying moment, but your days fighting the good fight with a picky eater could be numbered: A recent study claims you can train your kids to like vegetables.


It's not even that hard to do -- according to the U.K.'s Aston University and Loughborough University, all it takes are the "three Rs."

First is repetition: You have to keep serving them carrots (or whatever it is that they won't eat) over and over. Then you have to role model, meaning that they have to see you eat and enjoy the carrots, too. Then step three is rewards, which is as simple as it sounds -- you have to praise and reward them for eating their food.

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We know, we know: It sounds too good to be true. But the researchers actually had a lot of success -- these three Rs had kids eating almost seven times the amount of vegetables they had been before the study.

The 115 kids the researchers looked at were all between the ages of 2 and 4, and all of them were asked to eat the same vegetable by their parents in their own homes. Depending on the group they were sorted in, the parents attempted to persuade their children in different ways. 

The biggest improvement was in the kids who were persuaded by three Rs -- they went from eating 0.6 grams of vegetables before the study to 4 grams at the end.

In a world where getting healthy foods into kids is getting more and more challenging, this could be the good news we've been waiting for. Just one question left: Could it work on your kids?

Do you think you'll try the three Rs with your picky eaters?

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