London - Parents whose children refuse to eat their greens may have a new strategy.
Fussy eaters can be encouraged to try vegetables if they are offered enough variety, experts have found.
The research, led by Wageningen University in the Netherlands, said the key may be avoiding "boredom" in children during a "critical phase" for fussiness.
The study, published in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behaviour, looked at 32 families with children aged four to six who ate under two servings of vegetables a day.
One group of children were offered broccoli three times a week for five weeks, while a second ate as normal. The third group were given two out of three vegetables at a time – either broccoli, peas or a quarter of a courgette slice.