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Kids got broccoli blues? Add more color

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Parents of picky eaters take note: Children are most attracted to plates that have a wide variety of foods and colors.

In the Cornell University study, the children showed a preference for plates with seven different items and six different colors. In contrast, adults showed preference for plates with three items and three colors.

“What kids find visually appealing is very different than parents,” says Brian Wansink, professor of marketing.

“Unfortunately, when we parents plate food for kids, we do it in a way that is appealing to us and not to them. Our study shows how to make the changes so the broccoli and fish look tastier than they otherwise would to little Casey or little Audrey.”

Full story at Futurity.

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