Sugar in vegtables?

United States
August 20, 2007 3:04pm CST
Yes, put a little sugar in green beans, spinach, even corn you can get your kids to eat ALL the vegtables, just put enough in there to make it sweet and you can still eat it!! It works wonders I promise.
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@theprogamer (10539)
• United States
21 Aug 07
That sometimes works, I do that, but I have alternatives. Its better to use something like honey to sweeten a good number of vegetables. You can also use fine bits of sweet cranberries or a cranberry sauce mixture while cooking vegetables like carrots and greens (a long favorite of mine). Corn I rarely have trouble with, but if you need to get finicky kids to eat it, a teaspoon of sugar along with the liquid of choice does make it sweeter (I don't do this anymore since the people I did this for are now in their teens and can take their veggies like big people ;p). Brown sugar and apples in a light amount can complement most veggies too.
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• United States
21 Aug 07
sweet stuff - strawberries are naturally sweet
That is a very good idea. My mother added sugar to veggies, so it was a way that I got my daughter to eat them, so it is like a tradition in my family, I really like the honey idea, because that is what I use for my coffee and tea.
• United States
21 Aug 07
That is a very good idea. My mother added sugar to veggies, so it was a way that I got my daughter to eat them, so it is like a tradition in my family, I really like the honey idea, because that is what I use for my coffee and tea.
• United States
2 Oct 07
OML! Gamer, your a cook too? Jack of all trades are you? *wink* Intellectual brain, huge heart, good cook, care taker....what are you going to tell us next, youve got the looks to go with it? I put a bit of brown sugar in my carrots and greens. I love how it makes them taste. Im not a big fan of cranberries though. Ive not tried the honey bit either, but I do enjoy the taste in some hot tea. Thats how me and my Dad would sweeten our hot tea in the mornings. Bay xx
@suspenseful (40312)
• Canada
21 Aug 07
I never put sugar in any of my vegetables. I cook them properly. The reason that kids do not eat their beans, etc. is because they are cooked too much, so they turn from regular green to a sickly throw up type of green. Corn is sweet enough, and if you put too much sugar, you run the risk of ruining the kid's teeth. I never liked spinach, but when I had it in a spinach salad, then I really loved it. So rinse the spinach very well, chop it up, and make a salad out of it, and they will like it that way.
@theprogamer (10539)
• United States
21 Aug 07
Well isn't that the classic chef's answer. If something doesn't taste right its not being fixed properly. I agree that one has to be inventive with their recipes and they have to execute the thing right for others to enjoy it. Thanks for sharing.
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@happy9 (4)
• China
21 Aug 07
Really? When I was very young ,my mother sometimes put some suger in race or potatos,but never put in green beans.And I don'tlike eating the food, being salty and sweet.Maybe some children like eating the food which put sugar in vegtables.
• United States
21 Aug 07
I have never tried it, but one of my friends just told me to try it with Peaches and Cream corn on the cob. I don't have any trouble with my son eating veggies. He likes them fresh more than cooked, but his number one favorite is corn on the cob. I might have to try that with my next batch of corn.
@cutepenguin (6448)
• Canada
21 Aug 07
I work with a lot of kids, and they are really fond of fruit. They aren't really big on vegetables, but I've found that if you give it to them with a dip - yoghurt with garlic and green onions, they'll eat it. I've also found that if I can get an older kid to eat the vegetable, the younger kid will too, just because they like to copy. So I tell the older kid that if they eat it, they'll be setting a good example and that the younger kid will eat it if they eat it. Then they eat it, making loud sounds of enjoyment, and the younger kids will eat it. I don't know about the adding sugar idea. It sounds like it would work, but my mom used to try this on us, and it made some things taste awful.
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@pendragon (3351)
• United States
20 Aug 07
My child ate her vegetables untainted.People are dying from sugar consumption they don't even know about,it's sickening.What good is a world where everything tastes like one thing ..sugar,which rots you from the inside out?Food is diverse and has many different necessary functions,kids need to learn to appreciate all good things,especially from their parents.
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@kareng (29097)
• United States
20 Aug 07
This could be potentially dangerous for kids. Lots of vegetables like carrots and green peas already have natural sugar. Adding more is just helping kids like an unhealthy diet. I think if more were to ditch the salt and sugar and let the natural flavors flow...kids would know what food really tasted like. With the rise on juvenile diabetes and obesity, I wouldn't personally do this. Just my opinion.
• United States
20 Aug 07
Refined white sugar carmelizes too much and really changes the taste of veggies, my suggestion if you can find this in your grocery store is raw cane sugar. The unprocessed brown, unbleached raw cane which melts evenly and ever so naturally-sweetly over carrots, pumkin, squash, zucchini and even roasted papayas (if you can find them this time of year). sharing the light, Erica, the Enlightenment Advisor,M.A. Transpersonal Psychology Studies Counseling/ Author, Artist, Photographer, Freelancer http://groups.msn.com/EnlightenmentthroughTranspersonalPsychology
• United States
2 Oct 07
Hey Moss, didnt realise this was a month old....Im slow getting around to things way too much to read on here! I was reading some other comments on here, I was surprised more people didnt jump on you for putting sugar in your kids veggies. I do it, and I would fix it that way for anyone I was cooking for, just how I cook. If Im going to eat, I would like it to taste good, by any means necessary! I liked ProGamers response with the honey. I like honey in my hot tea, I see that you like it in your coffee as well. Im not sure I would like that, but I think Im going to try it! Bay xx
@blackbriar (9080)
• United States
2 Oct 07
I have no problems whatsoever getting my daughter to eat veges and fruits. My problem is getting her to eat red meat. She loves chicken but that's bout it.
• Philippines
22 Aug 07
Yes, my mother used to put sugar to our meal. And it is true that it adds to the flavor.