Our kids are craving ‘interesting’ food and shunning more the ‘basic’, staple foods of childhoods in the past.
According to the Daily Mail, new research by Asda, has found that a high percentage of children regularly consume and prefer dishes such as quinoa, gazpacho, polenta, sushi and chilli.
Asda spokesperson commented:
“We’ve seen adult taste buds become more adventurous over the years and our world food aisles and new innovation have expanded in response.” the spokesperson said, “With parents pushing the boundaries, it was only a matter of time before children caught on too.”
“Options such as olives and wasabi peas for snacking, and sushi as a lunch option, not only introduce children to world foods but are extremely healthy.”
Driven by parents who want to educate young taste buds and increase food choices, the research has found that 90 per cent of young children were found to enjoy chilli con carne and snack on wasabi peas as their palates evolve.
Results also showed that, 73 per cent of kids under the age of ten are regularly fed ‘worldly and adventurous fare’, however only eight per cent of kids can correctly pronounce the name of what they’re eating.
The study also showed that overall meals where families have a conventional sit down meal with meat and two veg are in decline. Time and money pressures have families looking to find unique, convenient and affordable foods for their kids that have high health benefits.
Eighty eight percent of parents told researchers they actively prepare food that pushes the boundaries and encourage youngsters to eat adventurously.