Americans are not consuming enough fresh fruit and vegetables. Especially kids. A potential method of motivating them to eat more is to make apples and bananas just as cool as Cheetos and Skittles. For very young children, this often means the use of fun cartoon characters.
My Fruity Faces is a relatively new company that has developed edible cartoon stickers that kids can place on fruit to make it more fun. The stickers include cartoon characters such as SpongeBob SquarePants and Dora the Explorer.
Research from Cornell University has shown that stickers may be an effective way to get kids to consume more fresh fruit. The stickers sold by My Fruity Faces are “all natural” and are made of the following ingredients:
Sugar, Hydroxypropyl methylcellulose(Modified Cellulose), Water, Natural flavor, Modified corn starch, Glycerin, Polyglycerol esters of fatty acids, Citric acid, Red beet concentrate, Turmeric, Red cabbage extract, Caramel color, Sodium Bicarbonate.
The colors are from natural resources instead of artificial dyes, which is a good thing. Because the amount of food in each sticker is so tiny, their nutrition label states zero calories. In fact, everything in the stickers is zero.
What do you think? Should these stickers be used to entice kids to eat more fruit and vegetables?
(h/t to Mary MacVean, LA Times)