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February 2012 Issue

Vegetables on the Sly

Science supports hiding veggies, as well as letting them stand alone. A recent study published in the July 2011 American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that preschoolers who were fed foods whose caloric density was reduced by increasing the proportion of hidden pureed vegetables, significantly increased their daily vegetable intake between 50 and 73 percent. The children ranked the entrees similarly in taste whether they had no added vegetables, tripled, or quadrupled vegetable content, but they consumed 12 percent fewer calories in the quadrupled vegetable entree compared with the no added vegetable entree.

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