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Making Healthy Foods Fun for Kids

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Just as fun characters help sell processed food to children, familiar cartoons can get kids to eat healthy foods, too. During five days of testing, researchers gave 200 elementary schoolchildren a choice between a cookie and an apple, one or both of which had an Elmo sticker. Kids were twice as likely to choose an apple when it had a sticker on it as when neither food item had a sticker. Interestingly, adding a sticker to the cookie didn't encourage the kids to eat more cookies.
Source: Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, published online Aug. 20, 2012

 
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