UO study links water with healthy food choices

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EUGENE, Ore. (AP) -- A new study by researchers at the University of Oregon suggests a relatively easy way to get children to eat more vegetables -- serve water with meals.

The authors of the study say behavioral research has found people correlate a glass of water with healthy food, and sugary drinks with items from convenience stores and fast-food restaurants.

The study found that preschool children consumed far more vegetables when coupled with a glass of water rather than a glass of soda.

Marketing professor Bettina Cornwell, a co-author of the study, told The Register-Guard newspaper (http://is.gd/bs6ocX ) that water is often associated with healthy food, and that frequent consumption of water at the dinner table can create a healthier mindset with children.

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Information from: The Register-Guard, http://www.registerguard.com