Brussel Sprouts are good for your kids!

While this may not be your typical data column, it does feature a Top 10 list and it is certainly related to the declining health status and increasing obesity of our children.

Men’s Fitness Magazine released a new report this week which ranks the foods adults hate the most, stating that  “most people develop their food phobias during childhood but can provide essential nutrients for adult bodies.”  (the sentence reads a little choppy but it is a direct quote)

Recent articles about food desserts, Whole Foods coming to Midtown, and findings that access to fresh fruit and vegetables does not necessarily translate into good health (a topic for a future blog), all led me to think this list deserved a blog.  I have seen these phobias in myself and in my children, thus driving home the importance of parents introducing their children to a wide variety of healthy eating alternatives.  While President Reagan called ketchup a vegetable,  we need to teach children that their bodies require more than french fries with lots of ketchup to be healthy.

Here are the 10 foods adults hate most.

1. Brussel Sprouts

2. Broccoli

3. Fish

4. Turnips

5. Beets

6. Liver

7. Spinach

8. Avocado

9. Cottage Cheese

10. Eggplant

I must say that I totally understand where this list is coming from and, with the exception of fish, spent my childhood trying to avoid each and every one.  I have worked hard in my adult life to try to “get to know” each but have decided a couple (I have made great strides) will just have to reside on plates other than my own.