PARENTS encourage their children to eat healthily by rewarding them with extra time on a game console, eating in front of the TV, and a later bedtime.
A study of 1,000 mothers and fathers of children aged 3 to 12 found that seven out of 10 children have hidden fruits and vegetables in their children’s meals and do so on average three times a week.
While 83 percent have “rewarded” them with treats to encourage them to eat healthily — including a pudding (23 percent), allowed them to play on their parents’ phones (18 percent), and invited friends over at the weekend ( 14 percent).
In a typical week, moms and dads use “rewards” four times.
More than a quarter (26 percent) believe their rewards always work — but nine in 10 have been caught by their child trying to hide ingredients in food.
The study was commissioned by Dolmio® as part of the launch of its new 7 Vegetable Pasta Sauce, which includes two of your five per day in each serving.
Parents struggle to get their children to eat healthily four days a week, and 51 percent admitted their child always wins when it comes to not wanting their five a day.
But when they succeed, 78 percent feel a great sense of accomplishment when their child eats healthy without making a fuss.
Among the stories parents told their little ones to encourage them to eat fruits and vegetables were carrots that let you see in the dark (48 percent), an apple a day keeps the doctor away (40 percent) and runner beans make you faster (32 percent).
Sian Dixon, for Dolmio®, said: “The Fight between child and food is something every parent experiences and as a brand we are committed to making dinner easy and delicious in the UK.
“We know that many parents want to offer healthy meals, but it’s not always easy picky eaters and it’s interesting to see how many moms and dads are already hiding healthy ingredients in meals to ensure their kids are getting all the nutrients they need.
“We hope to help the nation’s parents and stop the dinner drama. Our 7-Vegetable Pasta Sauce is packed with seven veggies, and each serving delivers two out of five a day to help parents prepare delicious family favorites with a healthy twist.”
The study, conducted via OnePoll, also found that by the age of five, children become picky about their food.
And vegetables are the hardest to get kids to eat, followed by legumes – chickpeas and lentils – and fish.
20 BEST WAYS PARENTS REWARD THEIR KIDS FOR HEALTHY EATING
1. Ice Cream
4. A pudding
5. Extension on their game console
6. A sweet treat after school
7. Extra time on their tablet
8. Let them eat in front of the TV
9. A new toy
10. Got an extra sticker on their reward table
11. A trip to the park
12. I let them use my phone to play a game/watch videos
13. Help her with household chores, e.g. B. tidy up their room/put away their plate after eating
14. Going to bed later than usual
15. Making them watch a TV show/series they aren’t allowed to watch
16. Letting you decide what we eat for the next meal
17. Having her look at her tablet while eating
18. Saying they can buy whatever they want in the stores
19. Letting them decide how to spend the weekend
20. Invite friends to play at the weekend
Common problems mums and dads face when trying to feed their families healthily are children picking ingredients out of meals (36 percent) and tantrums (30 percent).
More than two-thirds (68 percent) avoid cooking their own favorite dishes because their child is so picky.
But 44 percent fear their own picky habits have influenced how their child perceives their food.
Carrots, peas, and broccoli, despite their awkwardness, are kids’ favorite vegetables.
Indu Gurung, Project Manager at Peas Please – a Food Foundation initiative that aims to make it easier for everyone in the UK to eat more vegetables – also commented: “Increasing vegetable consumption is a win-win situation , and eating more vegetables has several health benefits and is better for the planet too.
“As a company committed to increasing vegetable consumption as part of the Peas Please initiative, we are delighted to see Mars Food launching new products that will help put more vegetables on people’s plates across the UK bring.”
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