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Diet Talk from the Doc

by Dr.Diet, Diet.com's Medical Director

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Sneaking vegetables into children’s meals is the topic of a new book called Deceptively Delicious, written by a mom, Jessica Seinfeld, whose kids were picky eaters. Though we all know that it’s good to give children more vegetables, some nutrition experts say that being sneaky about it isn’t a good solution because this practice reinforces to children that vegetables taste bad and need to be hidden.

Hiding Veggies in Food: Benefit or Betrayal?
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Dr. Diet weighs in:

I’m all for creative solutions to help kids eat healthier. Children can learn that veggies can be hidden in some foods or that veggies can be made real tasty all by themselves. And " what they need to know most of all is how good vegetables are for them.

It’s not only small children who don’t eat enough vegetables. There are plenty of adults who haven’t learned how to enjoy these good-for-you foods.

Just recently, my wife taught our 23 year old son how to roast different kinds of vegetables. He’s living on his own and we had noticed that vegetables weren’t making it from the grocery store to his refrigerator in his apartment.

There have been many reports of college age boys not eating enough vegetables so it’s not a surprise that when these boys become young adults, they may still be struggling with healthy eating.

Even our son who grew up eating vegetables had to now learn how to make them himself. The big secret he learned was that roasting brings out their sweetness. Roasted green beans with the right seasonings can even taste like French fries.

We were at our son’s apartment just last night and when looking in his refrigerator, we saw some left over roasted eggplant. That made us happy.

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