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Kids Who Watch Popeye Cartoons Eat More Vegetables

samzenpus posted more than 3 years ago | from the I-yam-what-I-yam dept.

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markmark57 writes "Popeye cartoons, tasting parties and junior cooking classes can help increase vegetable intake in kindergarten children, according to new research published in the journal Nutrition & Dietetics. Researchers at Mahidol University in Bangkok found the type and amount of vegetables children ate improved after they took part in a program using multimedia and role models to promote healthy food. Twenty six kindergarten children aged four to five participated in the eight-week study. The researchers recorded the kinds and amounts of fruit and vegetables eaten by the children before and after the program."

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Oh oh (1)

Tablizer (95088) | more than 3 years ago | (#33193710)

Cookie Monster was my fav

Re:Oh oh (1)

PocariSweat1991 (1651929) | more than 3 years ago | (#33193802)

According to TFA, you would need to plant cookie seeds, take part in cookie tasting parties, cook cookie soup, and watch Sesame Street in order for Cookie Monster to affect your diet.

Re:Oh oh (1)

blai (1380673) | more than 3 years ago | (#33194110)

yeah, I did that - you won't believe how much I paid my mom for those cookie see- WAIT A MINUTE

Re:Oh oh (1)

muindaur (925372) | more than 3 years ago | (#33194212)

I thought the cookie monster changed his diet to include good things within the last few years.

Re:Oh oh (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33195514)

Me think...COOKIES ARE GOOD THINGS ...(THINKING HARD)

"C" is for Cookie and that's good enough for me!

Re:Oh oh (1)

Tablizer (95088) | more than 3 years ago | (#33200210)

I thought the cookie monster changed his diet to include good things within the last few years.

"Celery Monster" doesn't have quite the same ring.
   

Do kids who watch Voltron (1)

linzeal (197905) | more than 3 years ago | (#33193780)

Fight more giant bio-mechanical robots?

Re:Do kids who watch Voltron (1)

ArsonSmith (13997) | more than 3 years ago | (#33193876)

Over 50% more.

In other news (1)

modecx (130548) | more than 3 years ago | (#33194114)

That Bluto/Brutus guy aught to watch out. Word on the street is, a flock of spinach-crazed tykes is lookin' to punch his lights out... And brother, you don't want to tangle with spinach-enriched ankle-biters.

Re:Do kids who watch Voltron (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33193878)

Yes, all the time. That wasn't coronal mass ejection last week, it was a splash from the latest baddy getting flung sidewise through the sun.

Huh (2, Interesting)

sanctimonius hypocrt (235536) | more than 3 years ago | (#33193806)

And yet kids who watch violent movies aren't more violent. Weird, eh?

Re:Huh (1)

MozeeToby (1163751) | more than 3 years ago | (#33193904)

These are kindergarteners. No one ever said you should put a 5 year old in front of GTA4 for 3 hours a day and not expect any personality changes.

Re:Huh (1)

jgagnon (1663075) | more than 3 years ago | (#33194130)

I'm betting a military establishment somewhere has done something similar that with similar expectations...

Re:Huh (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33197082)

You forget where you are. A steady diet of violence has no effect for no kid no age no how and everyone on slashdot knows it.

Re:Huh (1)

MobileTatsu-NJG (946591) | more than 3 years ago | (#33197526)

These are kindergarteners. No one ever said you should put a 5 year old in front of GTA4 for 3 hours a day and not expect any personality changes.

Karate Kid came out when I was in first grade. For a few weeks everybody on the playground was attempting swan-kicks and buying up books on karate. However, nobody I knew was suspended for fighting during that time.

Re:Huh (1)

VanGarrett (1269030) | more than 3 years ago | (#33199332)

The Karate Kid also promoted responsible behavior over being a jerk. Furthermore, that movie came out in a time when the adults were substantially less sensitive, and law suits not nearly so much of a concern. The same behavior now, might be handled quite a bit more harshly.

Re:Huh (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33200622)

What is your source for that?

Except... (4, Informative)

The MAZZTer (911996) | more than 3 years ago | (#33193820)

It was wrong. [toolbox.com]

Watermelon has more iron in it than spinach, and I personally find it far more tasty.

Re:Except... (1)

The MAZZTer (911996) | more than 3 years ago | (#33193840)

Addendum: Not that getting kids to eat veggies is wrong, but I don't think they'd appreciate finding out that they never actually had to suffer through spinach, at least.

Re:Except... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33194840)

Spinach isn't so bad. Creamed spinach is just nasty though. The looks and the texture are just plain unappealing. It's like you are eating cud.

Re:Except... (3, Interesting)

digitig (1056110) | more than 3 years ago | (#33195130)

Spinach is great as an ingredient (spanakopita, eggs Florentine and so on). It's only vile when boiled on its own and dumped on the plate as a green gloop. As you say, the myth about high iron came about because of a slipped decimal point, but it's still one of the easiest green leafy veg to make palatable, as long as you take the trouble to make it palatable. Even just frying some crushed garlic and pine nut kernels and mixing them in makes a huge difference, although that's probably more an adult taste than a kids one.

Re:Except... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33196184)

Agreed. I hated spinach when I was young, but my mom always bought canned spinach. Now I buy it fresh and use it instead of lettuce on almost everything (burgers, sammiches, salads). There are tons of ways to make spinach very tasty. For example:

You can barbecue it, boil it, broil it, bake it, sautee it. There's, um, spinach kebabs, spinach creole, spinach gumbo, pan fried, deep fried, stir fried. There's pineapple spinach and lemon spinach, coconut spinach, pepper spinach, spinach soup, spinach stew, spinach salad, spinach and potatoes, spinach burger, spinach sandwich... That's, that's about it.

Re:Except... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33197016)

I guess you don't like cooked turnip greens either.

I like canned spinach.

Re:Except... (1)

sjames (1099) | more than 3 years ago | (#33200256)

For it to be good boiled, you need lots of pepper sauce, but few kindergartners will appreciate that. It's also good layered between the sauce and cheese on a pizza. That would probably go over well enough.

Agreed on the garlic, haven't tried it w/ pine nuts.

Re:Except... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33195186)

Watermelon has more iron in it than spinach, and I personally find it far more tasty.

The typo in the 1870 study put spinach's iron content at 34mg/100g, whereas the real number should have been 3.4mg/100g. This is still a very high iron content— much higher than the 0.24mg/100g found in watermelon.

Re:Except... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33195498)

It was right [internetjo...nology.com]
Watermelon has about 10 times lower iron than spinach according to wikipedia

Re:Except... (1)

wasmoke (1055116) | more than 3 years ago | (#33197648)

Isn't spinach good for you because of it's other vitamins and minerals? I was always of the "old wives' tale" notion that dark leafy greens were just more healthful.

Re:Except... (1)

Kelbear (870538) | more than 3 years ago | (#33200938)

List of nutrition and benefits:
http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=43 [whfoods.com]

Recent research says that "phytosteroids" in spinach improves muscle growth but I consider any new research with big claims to be bullshit until enough time has passed for it to be vetted.

In general, it really does have a lot of nutrition and a lot of flavor. If you've gotta eat your leafy greens, might as well down some tasty spinach. Raw is good. Cooking enables better digestion. I like to just wilt them a bit rather than render them down into goo.

Pipes (4, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33193846)

Do they also smoke more pipes?

Re:Pipes (1)

sjames (1099) | more than 3 years ago | (#33200270)

The pipes are fairly controllable, but don't let them within a mile of a tattoo parlor.

Other notable results... (4, Insightful)

HikingStick (878216) | more than 3 years ago | (#33193858)

The children who watched the Popeye cartoons also started smoking pipes and settling disagreements with fistfights. The body image of underweight girls also improved, and they found themselves the preferred objects of affection at Valentine's Day observances and during class parties.

Re:Other notable results... (1)

hoggoth (414195) | more than 3 years ago | (#33194492)

And bullies couldn't remember if their names were 'Brutus' or 'Bluto'.

Re:Other notable results... (1)

interval1066 (668936) | more than 3 years ago | (#33195626)

They also drop anvils on their friends from great heights who survive but with great indentations in their noggins and can stop on a dime after running over 100 miles an hour; and when they stop they quiver like door stops. Hmm... what other classic cartoon paradigms can we crowbar into this piece?

I yam what I yam... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33195880)

...and that's all what I yam!

Ack ack ack ack ack ack ack!!!!

Re:Other notable results... (1)

magarity (164372) | more than 3 years ago | (#33196824)

I've got some WWII Popeye cartoons; will my children call Germans 'Krauts' and Japanese 'Japs'?

Re:Other notable results... (1)

Sponge Bath (413667) | more than 3 years ago | (#33196908)

...settling disagreements with fistfights.

I watched the DVDs of the very first Popeye episodes. The DVDs have a warning about non-PC content. In the first few episodes you see over the top offensive depictions of various ethnic and racial groups ending in the brutal beating of said groups by Popeye.

It was like clockwork, one group per episode. The Betty Boop pilot had blacks, then the following episodes had Mexicans (slothful/drunk/knife carrying), then Native Americans (big nose, feathers, saying "how"), and on and on. The 1930's was a different era in the USA for sure.

Silly TV isn't all bad ... (1, Funny)

damn_registrars (1103043) | more than 3 years ago | (#33193926)

... I first learned the importance of washing behind my ears after an episode of The Dukes of Hazzard. Granted, I was 5 and probably would have learned it anyways... But nonetheless Boss Hogg's Mom was good for something.

Re:Silly TV isn't all bad ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33194122)

And I learn how to harness the power of my passive aggressive tendencies from a little known Looney tunes cartoon called "Chow Hound" What? No Gravy? The dog used to say, always smacked around the cat because he forgot the gravy until the very end.... lol. Ah, now I feel better...

YUO fAIL IT... (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33193928)

Very sick and its At this point WON'T VOTE IN too mBany rules and between each BSD Seryies of debates distributions (7000+1400+700)*4

True here (1)

Anonymous Codger (96717) | more than 3 years ago | (#33193936)

When I was a wee lad, I loved spinach. Why? Because I watched a lot of Popeye cartoons on the marvelous wood-cabineted black and white television set in the living room. It didn't help my spindly forearms much, though.

Dumb. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33193940)

Sample Size.

what about Wimpy? (1)

tresstatus (260408) | more than 3 years ago | (#33193952)

I figured kids ate more burgers because wimpy always had a big plate of them....... http://kerryosborne.oracle-guy.com/files/2009/05/wimpy.jpg [oracle-guy.com]

Re:what about Wimpy? (1)

jameskojiro (705701) | more than 3 years ago | (#33196256)

That is known as the "Wimpy Paradox". Though some people I know promise to pay me tomorrow for some food to eat today, of course I never learn because I never get paid back.

Iron content of spinach myth due to a typo. (1)

Kenja (541830) | more than 3 years ago | (#33193994)

An 1870 report in Germany listed the iron content of spinach with the decimal place one spot too far to the right, in truth the iron in spinach isn't much different from most other fruits and vegetables.

Re:Iron content of spinach myth due to a typo. (1)

Tablizer (95088) | more than 3 years ago | (#33194132)

An 1870 report in Germany listed the iron content of spinach with the decimal place one spot too far to the right, in truth the iron in spinach isn't much different from most other fruits and vegetables.

The author apparently needed more carrots in his/her diet.

It's a good thing they didn't have Mars probes back then.

Re:Iron content of spinach myth due to a typo. (1)

sunyjim (977424) | more than 3 years ago | (#33194860)

Carots being good for vision, was a WWII rumor started by the British to try and hide the fact that they had radar.

What I want to know is... (1)

jd2112 (1535857) | more than 3 years ago | (#33193998)

Has there been any significant reduction in children dropping anvils on each other since they censored all the violence out of the classic Bugs Bunny cartoons?

Re:What I want to know is... (2, Funny)

Nadaka (224565) | more than 3 years ago | (#33196130)

I would hope not. Anvils have an even higher iron content than spinach.

Re:What I want to know is... (1)

mrjb (547783) | more than 3 years ago | (#33196612)

Anvils have an even higher iron content than spinach

...and they're best with just a bit of salt, pepper, garlic and nutmeg. Just let the main ingredient speak for itself!

Why DOES he eat 'spinach' thru a pipe? (2, Funny)

djdbass (1037730) | more than 3 years ago | (#33194024)

I strong to the finishk, cause I smoked me spinachk...

Re:Why DOES he eat 'spinach' thru a pipe? (1)

Flea of Pain (1577213) | more than 3 years ago | (#33194266)

That's what she said...actually if she said that I think I would have to leave the room screaming.

Well blow them down! (2, Funny)

MoeDumb (1108389) | more than 3 years ago | (#33194152)

"They fights to the finach, cause they eats their spinach..." earning them detention for fighting, an "F" in Works and Plays Well With Others, and mandatory afterschool remedial English lessons. A-kuk-kuk-kuk-kuk-kuk!!

Indoctrination? (1)

macraig (621737) | more than 3 years ago | (#33194336)

This just in: indoctrination really seems to work.

Of course we don't call it indoctrination if there's no dissent. Everyone agrees that getting children to eat veggies is a Good Thing, so it's not indoctrination, it's something else. What's the difference between indoctrination and learning exactly, again...?

Re:Indoctrination? (1)

MBGMorden (803437) | more than 3 years ago | (#33194560)

Indoctrination or marketing? Really about the same thing.

Advertising does work on kids. I'll admit that when I was a kid, I not only WANTED to eat spinach, I wanted the Popeye brand spinach. I also wanted Peter Pan branded peanut butter, and Mickey Mouse Ice Cream bars.

It's not like it was some idea that had been militaristically drilled in or anything. I'd seen both Popeye and Peter Pan (the old recorded theater version, not the Disney cartoon) maybe 2 times tops. They were just what my mind saw as cool characters on the label.

Re:Indoctrination? or Imagination? (1)

happy_place (632005) | more than 3 years ago | (#33196718)

IMO, indoctrination really is a loaded term, that implies there's a point behind exposing a child to an influence.

It's not indoctrination unless the program is used for the purpose of changing behaviors and exposure is used as part of that program.

All this study really proves is that kids like their minds stimulated. They need to do something they find potentially unpleasant, and find a way to associate it with something that they consider "uplifting" or positive. We all do this--and good thing, else there'd be no engineers in the world, because none of us would have the discipline to get through all those droning lecturers... ;)

Just because there are Children that access their imagination to identify with Popeye and create a positive alternative to their perdicament, doesn't imply that such children will be used for evil marketting/nefarious purposes, because ultimately as children age they use other reasoning skills besides fantasy and pleasant dreams upon which to base their decisions.

Re:Indoctrination? (1)

sjames (1099) | more than 3 years ago | (#33200324)

Education provides knowledge and perhaps instruction in how to think. Indoctrination tells you WHAT to think, often in spite of any knowledge you might have and explicitly avoiding how to think (since that would lead to rejection of the indoctrination). The term indoctrination generally connotes a hidden agenda and that it is not in the best interests of the indoctrinated.

With young children, sometimes you have to focus on what and fill in how and why later but that is due to their still limited capabilities rather than a hidden agenda.

Spinach is awesome! (1)

oldmac31310 (1845668) | more than 3 years ago | (#33194358)

I never understood the reluctance of children and indeed grown ups to eat greens. I think it may be more to do with the method of preparation. I'll admit I was always put off by over boiled cabbage as a kid, but I always loved spinach and most other greens. Mustard greens and water spinach are superlatively good especially if properly cooked. Asparagus too. Perhaps the abominable creamed spinach might be part of the reason for children not liking spinach in particular. Crack open a can of that and see if it doesn't make you gag before you even put it in your mouth!

Re:Spinach is awesome! (1)

Wiarumas (919682) | more than 3 years ago | (#33194584)

I'm not sure if it was true or not, but I was once told that it has to do with the taste buds of children. They taste differently than adults as a primitive protection against poisonous substances/plants. So, while we beg children to eat their vegetables, at one point in history, that mentality saved them from eating those poisonous mushrooms and whatnot. As a person who struggled with vegetables as a child and now eats them regularly as an adult, I swear there were some vegetables that literally caused me to involuntarily gag, so I believe it on some level. Also, as a sidenote, I find collard greens to be very underrated.

Re:Spinach is awesome! (1)

oldmac31310 (1845668) | more than 3 years ago | (#33194820)

yes, collards are great too. Also kale, chard, bok choy. I eat a lot of broccoli these days, not because I particularly like it, but because it is cheap in my neighbourhood. Kind of tired of it by now though.

Re:Spinach is awesome! (1)

Phyvo (876321) | more than 3 years ago | (#33195782)

I hated greens as a kid. I would only eat 4-5 peas at a meal, more would make me gag. As I've gotten older they've gotten a lot more tolerable than they used to be. I'm trying my best to eat healthier but it cab be hard to undo 16 years of habits...

Re:Spinach is awesome! (1)

drewhk (1744562) | more than 3 years ago | (#33196662)

I read somewhere that children are unconsciously preferring meat and other high-protein foods over low-protein ones. In fact most of the children in the world that die in hunger does not die because they do not eat at all, but they do because they cannot get every nutrition element they need for development. Adults are more resistant to food deprivation.

Re:Spinach is awesome! (1)

sjames (1099) | more than 3 years ago | (#33200402)

I can remember with a bit of effort how things tasted then. Bitter is a much stronger taste for a child and carries a much more aversive quality. Sweet, on the other hand was muted. One theory is that it is because children are much more sensitive to alkaloid poisoning and alkaloids are bitter. So the same peas that have a bit of a sweet taste with a bitter note behind now that I'm an adult used to be bitter incarnate and not the least bit sweet.

In other cases, it seems like more a matter of sophistication of the pallet. It's hard to develop that when you've only been eating for a few years.

Correlation doesn't imply Causation (1)

adamdoyle (1665063) | more than 3 years ago | (#33194614)

Correlation doesn't imply causation...

Good parents encourage children to watch "good programming" rather than MTV, Spike, etc.
Good parents encourage kids to eat vegetables for dinner.

Bad parents don't care what their children watch.
Bad parents don't care if their kids eat vegetables or chocolate bars for dinner.

Good parenting implies children eating vegetables... not a TV show

Re:Correlation doesn't imply Causation (1)

RabbitWho (1805112) | more than 3 years ago | (#33199316)

Watching popeye did make me want to try spinach, it's horrible taste stopped me from continuing to eat it. The same with sonic the hedgehog and chillydogs. I loved swiss cheese because of tom and jerry.
I still think of sonic the hedgehog when I have chilli fries in Eddie Rockets, TV definitely affected the way I think about food. When I went to America I was so excited to try twinkies and cream soda and sarsaparilla and orieos (They're available here now, they weren't then) and pretzels (same) and flan and maple syrup and hershi chocolate bars and mac n cheese and hundreds of other things that don't exist here.

Maybe you guys didn't notice it, because you didn't grow up with the television telling you to buy things that weren't available on your continent. But I guarantee you, unless you grew up without tv, it had an effect.

Re:Correlation doesn't imply Causation (1)

Sulphur (1548251) | more than 3 years ago | (#33201610)

Do children who watch vegetables have better taste in television?

As a kid, I O.D.'d on spinach till I turned green which led to a nickname which wasn't popeye.

My favorite cartoon was Bugs and I ate a lot of raw carrots; however, rabbits like carrot tops; not roots.

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This is a stinking sig, and no one needs it.

Re:Correlation doesn't imply Causation (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33204772)

Uhh... That would be a valid argument if the study interviewed a bunch of families and found increased Popeye watching correlated with increased spinach eating. But that's not what they did.

Instead, they put a group of kids through a program of increased vegetable awareness (including Popeye), and then observed an increase in vegetable consumption. Unless there was a flaw in the experiment's execution, they showed that the program *caused* the increase in consumption.

(I've heard of people posting /. comments without reading the article, but didn't you even read the summary?)

Ahhh yes Popeye (1)

sunyjim (977424) | more than 3 years ago | (#33194618)

Back in the 70s I watched popeye, But all I got out of it was candy cigarettes, and I recall I convinced my parents to get me a corn cob pipe. Think maybe that's why the popularity of that cartoon went down with politically correct movement and the smoking bans?

Ate spinach after school because of Popeye (1)

RPGonAS400 (956583) | more than 3 years ago | (#33194808)

In the late 60's I would eat a can of spinach myself after school. It was my favorite. I ate it with apple cider vinegar on it. I can only figure it was because of Popeye. In 1977 when I came out of anesthesia from surgery, I sang "I'm Popeye the Sailor Man" to those in the room.

Causation (1)

sc0p3 (972992) | more than 3 years ago | (#33194828)

Who ever tagged this "!causation" obviously didn't watch Pop Eye growing up. It definitely influenced my vegetable intake. I remember thinking about Pop Eye when sucking up the strength to eat more steamed broccoli.

Green M&Ms (1)

Demoknight (66150) | more than 3 years ago | (#33195720)

Funny I remember watching Popeye a lot when I was very young but I still hate vegetables. I used to steal all of the Green M&Ms and imagine that they powered me up though. Mmmm.

PopEye effect (1)

OrangeTide (124937) | more than 3 years ago | (#33195738)

I now smoke a corn cob pipe and I have physical confrontations with a large hairy adversary. I also feel the need to express my chauvinistic tendencies by saving damsels in distress.

(only one of these things is true)

After watching Anime.... (1)

jameskojiro (705701) | more than 3 years ago | (#33196214)

I feel the urge to eat whale meat. Mmmmmm sweet delicious whale meat, most forbidden of all the meats. Also I want to join a japanese "research" vessel in the far south pacific and fight dirty smelly hippies and run over their boats.

A little bit of sweetener works wonders too (1)

assertation (1255714) | more than 3 years ago | (#33197388)

Seriously.

I first started enjoying broccoli and other vegetables via Chinese restaurants which prepared these vegetables with *slightly* sweetened sauces.

If you just boil or steam the fuck out of a vegetable and do nothing else, nobody but a health food nut will like it.

It 's just not fair... (1)

ITBurnout (1845712) | more than 3 years ago | (#33197394)

I eat a spinach salad topped with olive oil (oyl) almost every night of the week. So how come my forearms don't look like bowling pins?

Popeye should have ate turnip greeens (1)

assertation (1255714) | more than 3 years ago | (#33197452)

Spinach has a lot calcium, but it also has a lot of oxalic acid which binds it up and keeps a human digestive system from absorbing most of it.

Turnip greens as well as mustard greens have a shit load more of calcium and it is much more absorbable, rivaling what you can get drinking cows milk.

If you live near an Asian grocery, Chinese mustard greens taste better and have even more calcium.

While you are at the Asian grocery look for "choy sum" or "chinese flowering cabbage" one cooked cup of this green leafy vegetable has TWICE the absorbable calicum as a cup of cows milk.

 

It's true! (1)

Starayo (989319) | more than 3 years ago | (#33199428)

Hah! I used to use popeye to get my sister to eat her spinach (and other green vegetables)! It was the only reason she'd eat them!

I wonder if it'd still work, she's a teenager now and doesn't eat any bloody vegetables.

In other news... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33199492)

Research shows that kids who watch Popeye turn to violence for solving problems more often. They also prefer slender bitchy brunettes.

Whimpy was an addict. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33200816)

one of the things i have noticed is the prevalance of substance abuse ie Whimpy/hamburgers Underdogs secret pill in supposedly childrens programing. there were some real dozies including Mickey mouse peddling amphetamines.
http://www.disinfo.com/2010/06/classic-disney-comics-mickey-mouse-sells-amphetamine-in-africa/ its no wonder america is drug-addiction prone.

It's not "Making kids eat vegetables" (1)

SpaghettiPattern (609814) | more than 3 years ago | (#33201268)

I like my food and during my study I've worked in good restaurants as a cook.

Move away from "Making kids eat vegetables". Instead, produce good vegetable dishes your kids will like and want!

If you want your kids to eats food you should stop trying to shove it down their throats. Appetite starts with an enjoyable atmosphere and with food that smells and looks good. And ultimately the food has to taste. So, make an effort and have enjoyable meals with your family. Cooking is one of the basic tasks of mums and dads and it should not be taken lightly. Better still, be proud of your cooking and try and improve on it every day.

Adding a bit of healthy fat -kids and adults need these- to vegetables, seasoning them properly and tasting before dishing mostly does the trick. Try savoy spinach with olive oil, seasoned with anchovies, capers and chilly. Or fried egg plant. Or green beans with olive oil, garlic and salt. Those are welcome breaks from the eternal creamed spinach you buy frozen.

Once your cooking improves you'll have kids liking vegetables better and less arguments at the diner table.

Enjoy!

Only 26? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33202856)

Twenty six children isn't really a sufficient size for a study group

I call shenanigans (1)

pogle (71293) | more than 3 years ago | (#33203174)

I watched Popeye as a kid. And when I saw Popeye brand spinach in the store, I *insisted* my mom buy it for me.

That stuff was so awful I've never touched spinach since. And I've never been much of a veggie person in general. Soit really engendered an opposite effect in me. Small sample size and all, but still...yuck.

And I still don't know why everyone is so impressed with Popeye's arm strength. The real strength comes in his being able to chew and swallow that crap so quickly.

This may sound crazy... (1)

Dripdry (1062282) | more than 3 years ago | (#33205280)

I was a *freak* for vegetables a child. I still enjoy them a lot. Stopping to think about it, though, I distinctly remember wanting to eat more green vegetables after watching Popeye.

It's anecdotal, but I can sort of see this working.

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