It’s not always easy to convince a child to eat their vegetables, but they may be more willing if their foods are cooked just right. Researchers studied 82 Australian children ages 5 and 6 who said they liked the taste of broccoli and cauliflower better when they were cooked for six to eight minutes rather than cooked for shorter or longer periods of time.
The kids also said they liked the taste of broccoli better when it was steamed than boiled. Steaming also retains a vegetable’s nutrients compared to boiling.
The study was conducted at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation. It will be published in the journal Food Quality and Preference.
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