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Henner’s New Book: ‘Healthy Kids’

August 24, 2001

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ You think you had it bad as a kid. Marilu Henner’s sons have to eat lima bean soup _ but she swears they like it.

Her two boys, ages 5 and 7, are featured on the cover of her new book ``Healthy Kids,″ a parent’s guide through the various stages of children’s lives that includes advice on turning bad eating habits into good ones.

The book also includes more than 100 recipes, including ways to prepare Brussels sprouts and Lucky Lima Bean Soup.

``It’s good,″ the best-selling author and former ``Taxi″ star insists, noting her own kids eat fruits, vegetables, whole grains, fish and free-range chicken.

The key to health is to help kids kick junk foods, sugar and anything with polysyllabic ingredients, Henner said.

``If you retrain their palates, they aren’t going to want junk foods. Fake food doesn’t taste good once you’ve gotten off of it.″

The 49-year-old actress, who has written the best-selling ``Marilu Henner’s Total Health Makeover″ and ``Healthy Life Kitchen,″ became health conscious after her father died of a heart attack at 52 and she quickly gained more than 50 pounds. Her arthritic mother died at 58.

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