Monday, January 19, 2009

Ask the nutritionist?

Ask the

Q: Why do I like fattening foods so much?

A: Human beings like foods that are calorie dense like fatty foods. This is thought to be an adaptive behavior for a species like ours because we have evolved in a food-scarce environment. Unfortunately now that food is so abundant our desire for high-calorie foods makes it difficult to keep fat and calorie consumption down.

Q: How do I teach my children to eat more vegetables?

A: Research shows that when an adult gives child foods while being very friendly the child likes the food better. The adult did not give specific praise for eating the food but offered it positively. The positive environment was associated with the food. So when you offer vegetables simply make it fun and chances are the kids will like them.

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