Justin van Twest, Heather Young and Frank Lo Giudice of Rose City Fruits.
Justin van Twest, Heather Young and Frank Lo Giudice of Rose City Fruits. Sean Teuma

Health data reveals shocking veggie stats for children

FRUIT and vegetables are the staple of any diet, but our kids are drastically falling behind.

Queensland Health data revealed that just four per cent of children are eating enough vegetables on a daily basis.

While the numbers for fruit intake was more impressive, there was still work to be done, with 70 per cent of children eating the correct amount.

According to Nutrition Australia, 4.5-5 servings of vegetables and legumes are required daily for girls aged 4-18, with 4.5-5.5 servings for boys of the same age.

 

 

Rose City Fruits owner Justin van Twest said incorporating kids into the making of food was a positive step in trying to overcome the trend.

"The biggest thing I've found with my kids is trying to make it fun," Mr van Twest said.

"I try and involve them in the cooking part. They like to pick out the vegetables, cut it up and try it.

"Having them involved makes them more likely to taste it.

"If they have part of it, there's most chance they will like them."

He said changes in fruit and vegetables had made them more appealing than ever before.

"Brussels sprouts are sweeter than they used to be. Broccoli has changed, and there are different varieties of almost every fruit and vegetable," he said.

"A lot of these vegetables are good to eat year-round, and they can be incorporated into roast dinners."

Other methods to get young ones trying the healthy foods include sneaking them into their favourite meals.

This can include putting small bits of fruit into muffins, or grating vegetables such as carrots into pasta sauces when applied to spaghetti bolognese.



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