Vegetable snacks help improve appetite among kids

A recent study has revealed that intake of vegetables helps improve the appetite of preschool-goers. According to, the latest study conducted by researchers at Penn State Nutrition has found that veggies consumed by preschoolers’ during the first course of the meal paves way for better nutrient intake, leading to better health.

The researchers studied  a group of children who were given carrots during the first course followed by low-calorie food items. While some of the kids were given 30 grams of carrots, others were given 60 grams, 90 grams or no carrots at all. After a ten minute break, these children were given food items rich in nutrients and low in calories like broccoli, pasta or low fat milk.

Snacking on carrots improves kids' appetites and helps them towards their five a day

As per, the findings of the study revealed that further consumption of vegetables and nutritious food items was higher among children who were given more carrots than the others.

The study not only led to the revelation that veggie snacks help improve kids’ appeatites. it also challenged the popular belief that kids don’t like to eat vegetables.

 “When they are hungry at the start of the meal, it presents us with an opportunity to get them to eat more vegetables.” said Barbara J. Rolls, one of the authors.

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Broccoli may help treat breast cancer

A recently conducted study has revealed that regular consumption of broccoli may help treat breast cancer.

According to, the component sulforaphane found in broccoli has been found to be effective in fighting breast cancer and encouraging the growth of stem cells.

The study was conducted by a team of researchers at the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center. The scientists performed an experiment on mice who had breast cancer tumors. These were given sulforaphane injections in varying concentrations obtained from extracts of broccoli.

It was found that the component helped reduce the number of cancer causing stem cells to a considerable extent while causing minimal effect to normal cells.

A component found in broccoli may help treat cancer

As reported by, the findings, which were published in the Clinical Cancer Research journal, revealed that the broccoli component also cuts down the growth of tumors in the body. This has prompted researchers to think about the potential development of a new cancer treatment.

“This research suggests a potential new treatment that could be combined with other compounds to target breast cancer stem cells. Developing treatments that effectively target the cancer stem cell population is essential for improving outcomes”, explained lead researcher Dr Max S. Wicha.

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