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Nestlé S.A.: Children who cook eat more greens, Nestlé study reveals

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Children who help to prepare their own meals eat significantly more vegetables
than those who are not involved in cooking, a Nestlé study[i]published in

The research, carried out by the Nestlé Research Center in Lausanne, compared
what children chose to eat when they helped cook their own meal with what
they consumed when they did not.

"We found that children who were in the kitchen, cooking with a parent, ate
more overall of their meal, and a significantly larger amount of vegetables,"
said nutritionist Dr Klazine van der Horst, who led the team of scientists
who carried out the study.

"The results suggest that involving children in food preparation could help
develop healthy eating habits and increase vegetable consumption," she added.

Making a meal of it

Forty-seven parents, accompanied by a son or daughter aged between six and 10
years of age, were asked to prepare a meal made of various elements,
including breaded chicken, salad, cauliflower and pasta.

Half the children in the experiment got involved in making the meal - putting
together the salad and helping their parents coat the chicken pieces - while
the other children played as their mother or father prepared the meal alone.

The children who cooked alongside a parent ate almost 76% more salad and 27%
more chicken as well as consuming 25% more calories overall.

Tasting pride

The study also showed that helping to prepare a meal improved how children
felt about themselves, with those who cooked feeling more positive emotions
and pride.

Nutritionists involved in the study said it can be beneficial for both parents
and children to cook together, not only because of the effects on food intake
but also because both parents and children value the time they spend
together. Cooking for the family, the study revealed, made children feel
independent and proud.

There was also a correlation between the total length of time spent preparing
the meal and the time spent eating it, as well as the level of enjoyment
expressed, suggesting that children who spend time in the kitchen will also
spend longer at the table, and enjoy it more too.

The research showed that in particular the amount of salad consumed increased,
perhaps, the scientists suggest, because it was easier for children to
independently choose its different elements.

In the future nutritionists would like to study the long-term effects of
children cooking with their parents to see how this shapes their consumption
patterns and food choices.

Healthier choices

Anotherrecent study[ii]carried out byZurich's ETH Universityand Nestlé and
published in the journalPublic Health Nutrition
showed that serving school-age children a greater variety of vegetables
increased the quantity they chose to consume.

The most recent study was carried out at the Nestlé Research Center (NRC), one
of the company's 34 Research&Development and Product Technology Centres
around the world. The NRC's 250 scientists publish some 200 peer-reviewed
scientific publications each year across areas including nutrition and
health, public nutrition and food consumer interaction.

Nestlé aims to help parents and children make healthier choices, running
cookery schools and educational programmes around the world including in
countries like Germany, Thailand, Venezuela and India.

In Germany, theMaggi
Kochstudio (Cooking Centre) offers cooking classes to adults and children,
teaching them how to best combineMaggi
with fresh ingredients to prepare tasty and balanced meals. In 2013 alone,
more than 9,400 participants attended these sessions.

Nestlé has also recently published a guide for children and their parents with
helpful tips on how to grow their own organic vegetables as part of its
globalHealthy Kids Programme.

Related stories:

Nestlé scientists collaborate to identify biomarkers for obesity-related
health problems

Nestlé encourages teenagers in Poland to cook for themselves

Nestlé drives nutrition with 'Cooking Caravans' in Africa

Related links:

Factsheet: The Nestlé Research Center

Nestlé Research Center: Nutrition Research

Cooking tips and recipes for children

Nestlé's nutrition basics

The Maggi brand

Nestlé Healthy Kids Programme

Media enquiries

Nestlé Corporate Media Relations
Tel: +41 21 924 2200
---------------------------------------[i]Appetite April 2014
Involving children in meal preparation: Effects on food intake. Klazine van
der Horst, Aurore Ferrage, Andreas Rytz
[ii]Public Health Nutrition July 2013
: Vegetable variety: An effective strategy to increase vegetable choice in
children. Tamara Bucher, Michael Siegrist and Klazine van der Horst


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