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An Assortment Of Veggies At Mealtime May Encourage Healthier Eating

August 8, 2012: 12:00 AM EST
A four-week study by Penn State University researchers has found that participants offered a variety of vegetables ate more of them, even though they didn’t consume fewer total calories. The four different lunches during the study included various combinations of pasta with tomato sauce and broccoli, carrots or snap peas. Participants ate an average of 48 grams more vegetables when offered a variety. The researchers concluded that replacing salty, fatty foods in a person’s diet with a variety of vegetables may help increase the intake of healthy foods.
Jennifer S. Meengs et al., "Vegetable Variety: An Effective Strategy to Increase Vegetable Intake in Adults", Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, August 08, 2012, © Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
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