Stories about: Fruit presentation

This Week on Thrive: May 24- 28

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A report published in the behavioral nutrition research journal Appetite found kids who were served fruit in a “visually appealing” way ate twice as much as those who were served fruit in a more traditional setting. Thrive spoke with Suzanne Rostler, MS, RD, LDN, of Children’s Hospital Boston’s Optimal Weight for Life (OWL) Program, who says moms and dads of picky eaters should try to replicate the study’s findings at home and offered tips.

Lois K. Lee, MD, MPH of Children’s Hospital Boston’s Emergency Department Injury Prevention Program will be featured on ABC’s Nightly News later this week as part of a segment on the dangers of ‘button batteries.’

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Fun presentation may make fruit more appealing to kids

Bright, fun fruit presentation could make healthy snacks more appealing to finicky eaters
Bright, fun fruit presentation could make healthy snacks more appealing to finicky eaters

For parents of finicky eaters, meal times can often feel like a never-ending cycle of bargaining, threatening and even begging their kids to eat their fruits and vegetables. But Dutch researchers have released a study that might give some parents an advantage in the age-old battle over getting kids to eat healthier.

A report published in the behavioral nutrition research journal Appetite found kids who were served fruit in a “visually appealing” way ate twice as much as those who were served fruit in a more traditional setting. In order to make the fruit more flashy researchers cut apples, grapes and strawberries into interesting shapes, skewered them with brightly colored toothpicks and even stuck them into a watermelon. In contrast, the “regular” fruit was simply skewered and laid out on a plain white plate.

While researchers admit they can’t prove that the fruit’s more dramatic presentation lead directly to increased consumption, they feel it’s a good indicator of how a fruit’s appearance can indicate how appealing it will be to kids.

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