Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Vegies Super Food for Kids

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Vegies Super Food for Kids

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ALEX LEWERS

alex.lewers@northernstar.com.au

A VEGIE a day will also keep the doctor away, new research from Melbourne's Murdoch Childrens Research Institute shows.

The new research found just one daily serving of vegetables could significantly reduce the risk of metabolic syndrome in adulthood.

Metabolic syndrome is a collection of conditions that often occur together and can increase your risk of type 2 diabetes, stroke and heart disease.

MCRI Researcher, Dr Matt Sabin, said every effort to support and promote a healthy lifestyle in childhood was needed to stop the increasing prevalence of obesity and metabolic syndrome.

aThis study showed that children should be encouraged to eat vegetables every day, or almost every day, to get their protective effect against the metabolic syndrome in adulthood,a Dr Sabin said.

aWe also found no specific age that this effect related to, meaning childhood vegetable consumption is probably really important at all ages. …

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