Variety Boosts Veggie Consumption
Wednesday, 29 August 2012
Offer yourself more than one type of vegetable at meal times
By Meghan G. Loftus
According to a new study, people are more likely to eat a greater amount of vegetables when they're offered a mixture of veggies instead of an equally sized serving of just one.
The study, published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, included 66 subjects. Researchers served them four pasta and veggie meals over the course of four weeks: the first three were pasta with a side of just broccoli, carrots or snap peas, and the fourth was pasta with an equally sized veggie portion that was an equal mix of all three. On average, subjects ate 48 grams more of vegetables with their meals when the variety was presented.
The takeaway? If you want to eat more vegetables – and we all probably should – buy a sampling of a whole bunch of different kinds.
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