How to Crack the Code on Picky Eaters & Create Veggie Lovers

Our data on childhood eating habits from the Feeding Infants and Toddlers Study (FITS) could shed some light

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  • When introducing new foods for the first time, vary kids’ vegetables to help increase acceptance.Focus on a variety of textures and types. Try both raw and cooked vegetables with different colors, shapes, and tastes.
  • Be patient and persistent. Introduce a new food at least nine times before deciding if your child likes or dislikes the food.
  • Don’t fret. Picky eaters are eating similar amounts of foods as non-picky eaters, so hang in there!


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