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Kids Who Cook At Home Are More Likely To Pass Up Junk Food

June 27, 2012: 12:00 AM EST
A survey of students in 151 schools in Alberta province found that kids who participated in cooking and meal preparation at home showed a greater preference for eating fruits and vegetables over junk food. About a third of students surveyed said they helped cook meals at least once a day, and another third said they helped one to three times a week. Only 12.4 percent stayed out of the kitchen entirely. One of the researchers said the findings show the value of getting kids interested in meal preparation in the home, and suggested there could be a role for schools as well.
Yen Li Chu et al., "Involvement in home meal preparation is associated with food preference and self-efficacy among Canadian children", Public Health Nutrition, June 27, 2012, © Cambridge University Press
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