Scientists have discovered the impact of watching cooking shows on eating habits

According to a new study published in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior,

health food programs can be a major factor encouraging children to eat healthier foods, not only in childhood but also in adulthood.

As part of the study, scientists brought in order125 children in the age group from 10 to 12 years old, asking them to allocate 10 minutes to watch the children's culinary television program. Further, as a reward, the researchers offered the children treats, in the assortment of which were apples, cucumbers, as well as chips and salted crackers. It was found that those children who watched content that used healthy foods — chose fruits and vegetables, while those who watched a program that used more than just “healthy” foods preferred harmful snacks.

“The results of this study show thatcooking programs can be a promising tool for promoting positive changes in food preferences, attitudes, and behavior, ”said Frans Folkward, lead author, Ph.D. from Tilburg University.