Trouble is, a lot of Kiwi kids seem to have missed the memo. One 2019 study suggests that only around half of children in New Zealand are eating three or more serves of veg a day (the study also seemed to include potato and ‘potato fries’ in its vegetable remit), while more than half are tucking into sugary drinks or fast foods at least once a week.
Clearly, there’s work to be done.
Knowing that your child isn’t getting the recommended serve of two portions of vegetables can be particularly stressful for parents, who may have spent months (even years!) trying to coax their children into a nibble, only to have it thrown back in their face – often literally.
So what’s a parent to do? We’ve trawled the research to find out.