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Study: Keep Kids in the Kitchen.

September 18th, 2008 · 1 Comment

You can worry about boiling water and sharp knives all you like, but Columbia University says it’s good for them.

From that article:

The researchers found that children who had cooked their own foods were more likely to eat those foods in the cafeteria, and even ask for seconds, than children who had not had the cooking class.

…[S]aid Isobel Contento, professor of nutrition education at Teachers College and a co-author of the study. “Kids don’t usually like radishes, but we found that if kids cut up radishes and put them in the salad, they love the radishes.”

They found that kids who cooked ate healthier foods with gusto. What more do you want?

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1 response so far ↓

  • 1 Mindy@www.recipestoreading.com // May 11, 2009 at 11:34 pm

    This article is entirely true. In my years of experience cooking with children, the tasting that takes place during the preparation also encourages them to be adventurous with the finished product. Parents who have forewarned me with “my child won’t eat that,” have eaten their own words as their child ate that particular dish. Handling the food teaches children not to be afraid of something new, and the pride they feel from doing an adult job makes them more likely to try it as well.