How come most Kids don't like vegetable?

@marciascott (25555)
United States
December 9, 2008 3:03pm CST
Most kids don't like Vegetables, My grand-twins love them. You know you can do a lot to make the Vegetable taste better you agree? Does your children like Vegetables? I bet most children don't. I ws just thinking about this. while I was eating my carrots sticks. I like the carrot sticks with ranch dressingthey ar good and healthy for you. Happy Holidays to all!
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@Random28 (158)
9 Dec 08
They dont like vegetables because you tell them that they should eat them. My friend said that she told her son that broccoli was only for special occasions and now he absolutley loves them!
@marciascott (25555)
• United States
10 Dec 08
That was very good for her to use Pyscoligy on him, I know I didn't spell it right but you know what I mean. Happy Holidays to you!
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@1grnthmb (2063)
• United States
10 Dec 08
With our kids, They were brought up eating vegetables. They were not allowed to not try something. If it was served to them they had to take one bite a least. They usually like them. Most kids are never told to try something so they wont. They do not appreciate the flavors of vegetables because they were not "taught" to like them. Most kids who are allowed to be picky when they are little reamin being picky their whole lives.
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@marciascott (25555)
• United States
10 Dec 08
Yes kids are picky, I work irt a school and most of the kids don't like vegetables. I ask this one kid to eat his vegetables. and he was about to cry, I told him Sweet-heart you don't have to eat ypur vegetables.
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@1grnthmb (2063)
• United States
10 Dec 08
Marcia, You would love our kids. They are the lunch ladies favorite kids and get specials that no one else gets because they eat what ever the lunch ladies make.
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@34momma (13896)
• United States
9 Dec 08
from what i understand, children have more taste buds then adults. and it's because of that reason, veggies can taste off to them. that is why they insist you give them that one veggie at least ten times before you just say they don't like it. i am lucky that my little one likes most veggies. the only thing she doesnt care for are tomatoes
@marciascott (25555)
• United States
10 Dec 08
Hey 34momma Your kids dowen't like tomatoes that is rare. I hope you have a very Holiday you and your family! good to see you here sweet-heart!
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@34momma (13896)
• United States
10 Dec 08
yeah my little girl doesn't like them at all. but she loves all green veggies, carrots, corn, peas and just about everything else. hey if i can get her to eat all the rest i really don't care about the tomoatoes you know
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@coffeebreak (17820)
• United States
10 Dec 08
Grand twins...you are so lucky!!! Need a babysitter? I'm available 24/7!!!! But veges... yeah, that time defying trick for mothers since dirt was invented.... My kids are so totally different and I reasied them exactly the same! At 3 my son loved OKRA!!! we lived in Texas and had a garden and he loved to pick it and wash it and eat piles of it every night for dinner! Couldnt get my daughter to even look a overly buttered corn!!! To this day... he will open a can of green beans and eat them cold, and she can still only bearly stomach corn... and htat is only when she has to eat it in front of her 8 yo daughter to get her to eat veges!!! I got her on corn - called it Kelly Corn, after her - she loved it but her dad and mom didn't keep up with it so she fell back, then I got her on Bunny carrots (we had bunnies and she fed them carrots) and she liked them, but again, the parents didn't keep up so she fell back on them too! My 2 yo GD love PEAS!!! Oh, gross!!! I can remember sitting literally for hours because we were told not to leave the table until our plates were clean, and I hated peas and literally sat there until they finally said go to bed - I refused to eat them... but this one loves them!!! And I have got her to eat carrots and Kelly Corn but she won't for her mom!! Yes, children and veges... one of historys unanswered questions, that will remain unanswered.....
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@marciascott (25555)
• United States
11 Dec 08
I really love Corn I like to put some butter on it with some salt and pepper. I even like the corn in the can. I let it cook til this is no water in it. and then I put a little butter and a little sugar. It is so good.
@anna_82 (115)
• Philippines
10 Dec 08
yes i agree you can put every spice that it could taste better. my daughter like vegetable too, but not all types of vegetable.she likes squash and potatoes we love baked potatoes with cheese.:)happy holidays too.:)
@marciascott (25555)
• United States
11 Dec 08
Yes I can eat baked pototoes and cheese all the time.
@legend4u (1019)
• India
9 Dec 08
i don't know why kid's don't like them. but i used to love them when i was young. i was more like an vegetarian. i used to eat carrot almost always. it was my time pass snack for many days. then later i stopped.
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@Humbug25 (12551)
9 Dec 08
Hello marcia No my kids are not big fans of veggies either. My eldest isn't too bad and youngest too but my middle son is a nightmare. I have hidden vegetables before now like in a bolognaise sauce by shredding the veggies. I have also mashed veggies up with potatoes and fish, made little patties, rolled them in flour, then egg and then bread crumbs and shallow fried them! Yummy
@JoyfulOne (6242)
• United States
9 Dec 08
Good that the twins enjoy them! My grandson enjoys almost all the veggies, except for the dreaded broccoli and cauliflower. For those, the kids will usually eat it if there's some cheese sauce added to it. (Campbell's cheese soup is great for that lol!) I did find out the past few years that since my grandson loves to help me in the garden, from planting to picking, that he will eat anything if he helped to grow it. This year we did beans, squash, pumpkin, tomatoes, and stuff like that. He's learned to eat things fresh and raw, and cooked as well. Now when I drag veggies out of the freezer that we put up, he'll usually ask if those were from our garden. Good and healthy eating I think starts from when they're really little. Even my one-year old grandson loves almost all the different veggies.
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@coffeebreak (17820)
• United States
10 Dec 08
My 2 yo grand daughter will eat most anything if she has ketchup or mustard to dip it in! Mustard preferred! She loves green beans as long as she can dip them - won't eat them plain! I keep telling the parents - "capitalize on her weakness!", but they don't listen to me!!! I took her and my 8 yo GD to burger king yesterday and the 2 yo later told me that she didn't understand why her cousin doesn't like ketchup for her fries! She thought that was the silliest thing she ever did see... that her cousin didn't dip the fries in ketchup - that was so funny she said!!!
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@JoyfulOne (6242)
• United States
10 Dec 08
That's cute coffeebreak, lol! That was good advice to capitalize on the way she wants to eat her veggies. Nothing wrong with dipping as long as they eat them. Plus, they say that ketchup is really good for you because of the tomato base. My grandson dips some stuff, but mostly he likes that Hidden Valley Ranch. Wish he would go for the ketchup more lol. I actually got him to eat asperagus this summer. He helped pick it and I made some creamed asperagus on toast. He looked at it weird and then asked for a taste off my plate, and then he was hooked...he loves it now. (Too true about capitalizing, I did that with his 'curiosity factor.') It's probably the only veggie he doesn't want to dip hahaha.
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@marciascott (25555)
• United States
11 Dec 08
hey Joy, I have to try the Cheddar Chesse Soup on some Brocolli and Califlower that sounds real good, i must try it.
@naka75 (797)
• Singapore
10 Feb 09
I think many kids are brought up on fast food that they become an irreplacable part of their diet, so the vegetables have no more appeal to them. And also because parents do not take the trouble to educate the importance of good nutrition to their kids when they're still young. Once they set their eyes on fast food, it's very difficult to convince them the veges are good for their health. For me, I like to have carrots and dark green vegetables.
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@marciascott (25555)
• United States
10 Feb 09
That is very true what you are saying. if if the parent don't experiment with the Kids to see what vegetables they like how would they know what it taste like.
@jlamela (4909)
• Philippines
9 Jan 09
Maybe because parents did not give enough information of the goodness of vegetables to the children and maybe because the parents yielded right away if their children wailed not to eat veges. When I was a child, me and my siblings always eat vegetables because my parents trained us not to turn back on every food served on the table, it is a precious gift from God and should be appreciated, so since then I always eat whatever laid on the table by my parents including vegetables. Now that I am grown up I preferred vegetables than meat.
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@marciascott (25555)
• United States
9 Jan 09
That is a very good thing, in other words you are more like a Vegetarian? I might try being one, thAT WAS ONE OF MY nEW yEARS RESOLUTION. have a good day!
@gemini_rose (16193)
11 Dec 08
My kids like some vegetables but not all, they will eat carrots, peas, sweetcorn and brocolli but will not eat many others but that is not a problem they eat enough and they have at least tried others. I also know that as they become older their tastes will change and they will probably like other vegetables too.
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@marciascott (25555)
• United States
11 Dec 08
Yes I know there taste buds change when they get older. I have always like Vegetables. I think I will turn into a Vegetarian, that is one of my New Years Resolution.
@rajeshank (253)
• India
10 Dec 08
Most kids hate vegetable because it taste quite bad, and not that much tasty to eat compare to non-veg. More over all vegetables are good for health but kids don't care about that they need taste not health stuffs...:)
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@marciascott (25555)
• United States
10 Dec 08
Welcome to Mylot they will find out how important it is when they get older. I know how to make any Vegetable taste good.
@maclanis (1567)
• Belgium
10 Dec 08
I don't know why you think most children don't like vegetables. I don't know any children who don't like any vegetables. There is always something they don't like but I don't think there are a lot of children who don't like any vegetables at all.
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@marciascott (25555)
• United States
10 Dec 08
Well, I work at a school, and a lot of those kids will not eat there Veggies. I have seen it so many times. We end up throwing a lot of vegetable out. tis one little boy stuck his mouth out because we told him he needs to eat his vegetables, he was litterally in tears so I smiled and told him you don't have to eat them if you don't want to. Happy holidays!
@salonga (28020)
• Philippines
10 Dec 08
You mean you also have grand-twins! Lol, we have something in common. I also have identical twin grand-twins, 3 years old, males. Now going back to your topics, I think the reason why most children do not like veggies is because veggies do not really have appealing taste. So it would be up to parents to be creative to make their veggies appealing to their kids. Secondly, the parents must brainwash the child. Like what I did with my only son. I brainwashed him literally to make him like veggies. I told him what good things could veggies to to him and I was so successful. My son would not eat without veggies in his plate. I am now doing the same technique now to my grand-twins and am so happy that at their young age, they would even boast that they are eating vegetables and they love vegetable.I also do create different recipes that will really enhance the taste of the veggies. We also show them that we ourselves do love veggies. I think we adults should just be good examples and be diligent enough to teach them how to like veggies. However if parents are lazy and would not take effort to do it, the children will grow disliking veggies all their life.
@marciascott (25555)
• United States
10 Dec 08
So you have Grand Twins too? How cute they are. Minds are fraternal Twins Boys. this is good you brainwashed them to eat there Veggies. Happy Holidays to you!
@winterose (39918)
• Canada
10 Dec 08
yes it is true most kids hate vegetables, I saw a show where a prominent doctor said it was because the tongue taste buds are much better, stronger and keener in kids than adults and so tastes are more stronger, more sour, more sweet, more salty what have you.
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@marciascott (25555)
• United States
10 Dec 08
Hi winterose it is nice to see you here. I guess your right about the taste buds. Happy Holidays to you! I am going to work in the school in the lunchroom. and most of the kids there you have to beg them to eat there veggies. I will come back later, have a nice day!
@youless (91541)
• Guangzhou, China
11 Feb 09
This is a good question. When my child was little, he didn't like eating vegetables at all. In fact he is not very interested in vegetables today. I don't really understand why. But I found that most children are the same. I love China
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• United States
11 Dec 08
I am very lucky. My kids eat the good with the bad! and they love broccoli and tomatoes. Sometimes it's not so easy, but they do eat them. Have a great day!
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@vanonas (950)
• United States
10 Dec 08
Vegetables don't taste good! End of story. Haha, but they don't really have a taste that attracts kids. They're kind of bitter.
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@dehong (152)
• China
10 Dec 08
most of kids don't like vegetables.i had a children,i ask him when you don't like eating vegetables.he said everyday you let my eat vagetables,our classmates always said i have a poor family.there's unable to buy meat.
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@Ithink (10673)
• United States
10 Dec 08
I have never had a child or even teen that didnt like vegetables. My oldest as adults have passed on their love of vegetables. They even like the odd veges, like eggplant, zucchini, spinich and broccoli (sp?). We dont have to add things to them either, although we all loved glazed carrots, we dont do them often as I dont think that teaches them to like the fresh taste of vegetables.