The Reading / Listening - Eating Greens - Level 2

Everyone knows that young children don't like eating greens. It is difficult for parents to get their children to eat vegetables like broccoli. A new study explains why this is. The study looked at the eating habits of two- to four-year-olds. The study found that two genes can make children dislike greens. The genes can make some youngsters dislike new food, so they become fussy eaters. It found that not liking greens is because of a child's genes. This means parents do not have to stress if their children do not eat vegetables. Many parents worry because their children do not eat healthily.



The study found that changes in DNA changes how small children taste things. Children think many green vegetables taste bitter. Natasha Cole, a member of an obesity prevention program said it was not surprising that some children have a sensitive taste. She said this makes them think things like broccoli are bitter. She said the new research could help to find new ways of fighting obesity in children. Ms Cole says there needs to be more research. She said: "There is a huge gap in the research when children [move] from a milk-based diet to foods that the rest of the family eats."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Eating Greens - Level 0 Eating Greens - Level 1   or  Eating Greens - Level 3

Sources
  • http://www.deccanchronicle.com/lifestyle/health-and-wellbeing/091017/not-liking-green-could-be-in-your-genes.html
  • http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-4961092/Picky-eating-gene-mutation-discovered-scientists.html
  • https://medicalxpress.com/news/2017-10-picky-eater-nature-nurture-behavior.html


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. young children don't like eating
  2. eat vegetables
  3. The study looked at the eating
  4. some youngsters dislike new
  5. because of a child's
  6. parents do not have
  7. Many
  8. children do not eat
  1. to stress
  2. food
  3. healthily
  4. greens
  5. parents worry
  6. like broccoli
  7. genes
  8. habits

Paragraph 2

  1. many green vegetables taste
  2. some children have a sensitive
  3. things like broccoli
  4. find new ways of fighting obesity
  5. there needs to be more
  6. There is a huge
  7. move from a milk-
  8. the rest of the
  1. research
  2. based diet
  3. bitter
  4. family eats
  5. are bitter
  6. in children
  7. taste
  8. gap

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Everyone (1) ___________________ children don't like eating greens. It is difficult for parents (2) ___________________ children to eat vegetables like broccoli. A new study explains (3) ___________________. The study looked at the eating habits of two- to four-year-olds. The study found that two genes can make children dislike greens. The genes (4) ___________________ youngsters dislike new food, so they become fussy eaters. It found that not liking greens (5) ___________________ a child's genes. This means parents do not have to stress if their children do not eat vegetables. Many parents (6) ___________________ children do not eat healthily.

The study found that changes in DNA (7) ___________________ children taste things. Children (8) ___________________ vegetables taste bitter. Natasha Cole, a (9) ___________________ obesity prevention program said it was not surprising that some children have a sensitive taste. She (10) ___________________ them think things like broccoli are bitter. She said the new research could help to find (11) ___________________ fighting obesity in children. Ms Cole says there needs to be more research. She said: "There is a (12) ___________________ research when children [move] from a milk-based diet to foods that the rest of the family eats."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Everyoneknowsthatyoungchildrendon'tlikeeatinggreens.Itisdifficult
forparentstogettheirchildrentoeatvegetableslikebroccoli.Anewstud
yexplainswhythisis.Thestudylookedattheeatinghabitsoftwo-tofour-
year-olds.Thestudyfoundthattwogenescanmakechildrendislikegree
ns.Thegenescanmakesomeyoungstersdislikenewfood,sotheybeco
mefussyeaters.Itfoundthatnotlikinggreensisbecauseofachild'sgene
s.Thismeansparentsdonothavetostressiftheirchildrendonoteatvege
tables.Manyparentsworrybecausetheirchildrendonoteathealthily.T
hestudyfoundthatchangesinDNAchangehowsmallchildrentastethin
gs.Childrenthinkmanygreenvegetablestastebitter.NatashaCole,am
emberofanobesitypreventionprogramsaiditwasnotsurprisingthatso
mechildrenhaveasensitivetaste.Shesaidthismakesthemthinkthingsl
ikebroccoliarebitter.Shesaidthenewresearchcouldhelptofindnewwa
ysoffightingobesityinchildren.MsColesaysthereneedstobemorerese
arch.Shesaid:"Thereisahugegapintheresearchwhenchildren[move]
fromamilk-baseddiettofoodsthattherestofthefamilyeats."

Student survey

Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

(Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

Discussion — Write your own questions

STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

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Free writing

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Answers

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