'Orange you meant to pay me first?': Kids will eat more fruit and veg at school ... but only for money
12/18/2013 12:26:00 PM
A new federal rule has prompted schools across America to serve an extra $5.4 million worth of fruit and vegetables to children each day, but that doesn't mean they're going to eat it.
Infact, there are findings that suggest about $3.8 million of that produce will be thrown in the trash.
However U.S. researchers suggest that paying students small amounts of money or handing out prizes in cafeteria increases the number who ate pieces of fruit and veg at lunch.
According to Breitbart, Scientists conducted a study to measure of such small rewards in the lunchroom by giving nickels, quarters and raffle tickets only to the kids who ate the healthy snacks on offer.
The findings, published in The Journal of Human Resources, showed fruit and veggie consumption increased by 80 per cent, while waste food dropped by 33 per cent.
Some 15 schools were canvassed for the study.
'Parents are often misguided about incentives,' said Joe Price, an economics professor at Brigham Young University and one of the study's researchers.