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C. Encouraging Kids to Make New Food Choices

Narrator: This is Science Today. If your child is a picky eater, chances are like many adults, your child may be burned out by traditional food fare. Nutrition expert Joanne Ikeda of the University of California, Berkeley, says there are ways to encourage kids to expand their dietary choices. The key is to recognize that, like adults, children will resist suddenly going from the familiar to the unfamiliar.

Ikeda: And so, what a parent needs to do is present the new food not just one time, but two or three times and it's important not to coerce the child to try it, but then to have again maybe a week later and there it is -now it's not so new.

Narrator: Of course, another method is by setting an example.

Ikeda:They learn by watching what adults do. So it's much more important for you to do what you want the child to do than it is for you to say a whole lot about it. And in fact, siblings have a big effect. If brother and sister are eating this food, there's a greater chance that little brother or sister are going to pick up this habit.

Narrator: For Science Today, I'm Larissa Branin.