Fri, 18 May 2012 03:04:26 GMT | By AFP Relaxnews, updated by Elfie Jane

Foster good eating habits in kids with magic tonic: water

Want your kids to eat more veggies? Serve water with every meal, suggests a new study.


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(Relaxnews) - Want your kids to eat more veggies? Serve water with every meal, suggests a new study.

The premise of the research, published online in the journal Appetite this week, is based on the fact that taste preferences are heavily influenced by repeated exposure to particular foods and drink pairings.

For instance, children have learned to associate sweet, high-calorie drinks like colas with salty, fatty foods like fries, researchers point out.

But after observing the dietary habits of young adults and pre-school children in two separate studies, one of the most promising outcomes was that preschoolers ate more raw vegetables like carrots and red peppers when they were given water, as opposed to a sweetened beverage.

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