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6. Will children learn to eat vegetables?

Yes they will!

Children learn to enjoy vegetables through exposure. Many vegetables have a bitter taste, their textures and smell are new, and they may be difficult to chew...especially with small teeth. Continue to offer children vegetables, even though they may refuse them. Offering rejected foods multiple times is the key. Every child is different, so an exact number of exposures that will result in children liking a food are not available.

So what do you do?

Always offer them! Eventually children may like them. Also, avoid forcing a child to eat vegetables. This does NOT help children learn to like them. A better approach is to describe the textures, smell, and flavor of the vegetables, involve children in preparing them, talk about how they grow, share stories about vegetables (positive stories) and give children a chance to discover vegetables through their five senses!

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