Fruits and vegetables are an important part of a healthy diet, but getting some children to eat the right things can feel like pulling teeth.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the majority of Americans do not eat nearly enough fruits and vegetables. As our kids get older, the problem worsens. A 2009 CDC report states that only 32 percent of high school students eat at least two servings of fruit daily and a mere 13 percent eat at least three servings of vegetables every day.
Swati Pandya, M.D., a pediatrician at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation, helps many families through this struggle. She also sees children inspired to become vegetarian either for health reasons, out of concern about animal welfare, or both. For different reasons, these kids need just as much support to maintain a healthy diet as the vegetable haters do.