To celebrate the home entertainment release of ‘Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs 2’, Universal Sony Pictures Home Entertainment Australia conducted a study to see what food groups children disliked the most.
The studies revealed that, generally, red meat and vegetables are frowned upon while dairy and fruit are better favoured.
The most disliked meat amongst 2-12-year-olds is beef, with 67% of kids surveyed saying they prefer white meat alternatives such as chicken or turkey.
The most problematic food group overall, though, was vegetables, with broccoli, avocado and pumpkin rating the lowest in terms of preferred taste, followed by legumes (cannellini beans were rejected by three quarters of the children).
The survey also found that almost 80 per cent of children are classified as ‘picky’ when it comes to eating healthy foods, and that 89 per cent of parents admitted they were concerned their kids weren’t getting enough nutrients.
Leading Australian nutritionist Lola Berry comments: “The survey results very clearly reveal that parents are worried their children are missing out on the necessary nutrients that they need, often struggling to prepare healthy food that will appeal to them.
Berry recommends presenting food in interesting ways, for example, slicing vegetables into fun shapes. More work for already hard-working Mums in the kitchen, then.
Note: Despite turning their noses up at beef in real life, kids quite like seeing it in the movies. ‘Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs 2’ is due for home entertainment release on March 20 – available on Blu-ray and Blu-ray 3D, DVD and UltraViolet, out through Universal Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.