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Do kids really not like vegetables?

I just saw a commercial for vegetable juice that tastes like fruit juice so kids will drink it.

1.  Why not just have them eat veggies

2.  Who doesn't like veggies? 

I have heard that kids don't like them, but me and my bro ate quite a bit.  Is it the example the parents set?
Permalink Send private email sharkfish 
July 29th, 2007 12:15am
I wish I knew what my kids eat lately.  :(
Permalink Aaron 
July 29th, 2007 12:22am
Kids are wired to lust after high calorie food, because in times past that kind of food was scarce.
Permalink Send private email Colm 
July 29th, 2007 12:33am
Like everything else, it's some nature, some nurture.  Our daughter goes through phases, she likes stuff, wants it all the time, then she won't touch it for a while.
Permalink Send private email Ward 
July 29th, 2007 3:40am
Me, I started with peas and potatoes. No other vegetables would I touch from the limited variety available, not a carrot, parsnip, cauliflower, cabbage leaf nor brussel sprout, let alone pumpkin. Mushrooms? No way.

I like them all now but I was 40 before I'd eat brussel sprouts - so I can sympathise with a 20yrold who won't.
Permalink trollop 
July 29th, 2007 6:06am
IMO, It's what Colm said + example the parents (and others apound) set.

Around here only immigrants cook vegetables. When Americans cook, they cook fastfood, with very few exceptions. It's really sad. I've hade an impression from books that typical Aperican dish was something like steak, mashed potatoes and peas or corn. Now it's burger and fries. And I've got nothing against burgers and fries, it'just not a staple food.
Permalink Blue Caterpillar 
July 29th, 2007 8:37am
Goddamn it. Now I'm hungry for some burgers and fries.
Permalink Send private email Colm 
July 29th, 2007 9:04am
I didn't like vegetables as a kid.  I would eat carrots, corn, potatoes, peas and string beans, but that was it.  It could have been the way they are prepared - veggies like broccoli, cauliflower and asparagus are pretty disgusting when overcooked.

Kids will often eat them raw but not cooked. 

One way I got my kids to eat vegetables was to put them on my plate but not theirs.  They go through a certain curiosity phase where they want to try everything you have, so take advantage of it.
Permalink AMerrickanGirl 
July 29th, 2007 9:17am
here's what I think. humans have a cautiousness when it comes to greens. Out in the wild many greens are either poisonous (nightshade) or frankly not worth the effort (grass). This is not so for supermarkets, where statistically everything is pretty much edible (far more edible than a random plant from the forest). But then, the human EEA didn't have any IGAs.

Unlike meat or milk, we can't smell a dangerous vegetable. We have to eat it, by when it could be too late. So the default approach is to be cautious. And eating vegetables is particularly mimetic activity: do whatever everyone else is doing.

Add to that that vegetables have specific pungent phytochemicals whose whole purpose is to thwart being eaten, it's no surprise that some people have particular aversions to: raw onions, bitter greens, cabbage family (broccoli, etc), licorice-tasting fennel, cilantro, etc. For any specific vegetable I think I've met someone who will eat other vegetables, but won't eat that one.

Personally I'll munch on any veggies as long as it's not celery. People say celery doesn't taste like anything, but I can only conclude they are simply not sensitive to whatever chemical I am, for the slightest hint of raw celery in a tuna or potato salad will scrunch up my nose for the rest of the meal.
Permalink strawdog soubriquet 
July 29th, 2007 11:04am
Celery definitely has a taste.  Never realized some people can't pick up on that.  (I don't like it raw - that taste is weird).
Permalink AMerrickanGirl 
July 29th, 2007 11:16am
yeah, I guess you can taste it too, but have higher tolerance for the weirdness (I couldn't even stomach tuna till I met sashimi in college because of American tuna's association with the dreaded, and dread-locked, celery stalk).

Also, my observations are mainly for green leafs and stalky vegetables, not everything on the farmer's stand. Tomatoes are a fruit (high sugar content), corn is a grain (high glycemic index), potatoes are a tuber (high GI), and peas and edamame are legumes (high fat content). Kids like those much more because of natural affinities.
Permalink strawdog soubriquet 
July 29th, 2007 12:06pm
Celery's tops. Onions, carrot and celery is the mirepoix that kicks off a good stone soup.

Try celery sticks and dip. Even peanut butter.
Permalink trollop 
July 29th, 2007 12:36pm
I'll agree with kids who won't eat squash and okra.  Ewww.
Permalink Send private email sharkfish 
July 29th, 2007 2:46pm
re what Strawberry said, there is some research somewhere that says that kids from about the age of 2 are wirde to be really cautious and conservative about eating - because at that age in the wild they would start foraging for themselves, so they then have to learn from the more experienced what is safe to eat.

can't remember where or when but I did read that.

anyhow, not all kids are the same. my elder daughter has never been that much of a problem. The younger one is kind of hard work with veggies. But she does eat some - she just has certain strong dislikes and won't be persuaded. it gets slowly easier.
Permalink $-- 
July 29th, 2007 3:58pm

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