Everyone hopes that their kids will eat their fruits and vegetables so they'll grow into big, strong adults who will eat the nine daily servings recommended by the U.S. government. But everyone also knows kids rarely put "broccoli" at the top of a list of favorite foods. So an increasing number of parents are sneaking in healthful foods, but experts say that can backfire. A study shows that it takes as many as 10 tastes over a period of weeks before kids embraced a new food. Most parents give up long before they've offered it to a kid 10 times.
I believe that parents can help kids make healthy food choices by being good models, shopping for fresh colorful produce and letting their kids help prepare meals. My mom did that with my sisters and me when we were young and my sister was a picky eater.