According to researchers at Pennsylvania State University, preschool children consumed nearly twice as many vegetables and reduced their caloric intake by 11% when vegetables were hidden in their favourite foods. With childhood obesity rates on the rise, this research may prove to be effective in helping to combat unnecessary weight gain in children.
In this study, sponsored buy the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, the researchers modified recipes such as zucchini bread, pasta and tomato sauce, and chicken casseroles by adding pureed vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower and squash. They discovered that children found the modifications completely acceptable. By adding pureed vegetables, as well as offering vegetable side dishes, children can substantially increase their vegetable intake while decreasing calories.
Source: The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition