I don't know who came up with the term "veggies". I suspect it was a woman. I googled this dumb term for vegetables and couldn't find its source. Now I see it on packages of salad at the supermarket. "Lots of veggies" or "Veggie mix”“is just a few.

I've never eaten "veggies", but I have consumed plenty of vegetables.

"Veggies" seems to be one of those names we use when trying to get children to eat their vegetables. Children, as a group, find most vegetables to be disgusting and the reason for that is the taste buds of children haven't fully developed. For most children, vegetables have a bitter, sour taste, while candy is as exhilarating to them as certain drugs are for adults. That’s why children pester their parents for more candy. They're looking to get high and candy is one of those treats that satisfy that need.

Cereal used to be just flakes of grain. Parents could monitor how much sugar children used when they ate cereal for breakfast. Then, manufacturers figured out that since children love sugar, why not combine sugar and flakes all in one. The first one to do this was C.W. Post who developed Super Sugar Crisp and Super Coated Rice Krinkles. The Kellogg Company followed suit by developing Sugar Frosted Flakes and Sugar Smacks which contained 56% sugar. Catering to children's desire to get high from sugar, both Kellogg and Post  advertised in the early days of Saturday morning television, which was mostly programmed for children, using cartoons, some new, and some old, to keep children entertained and watching. Networks learned that by programming for children on Saturday morning from 8am to 12 noon was a boon for advertising dollars from cereal manufacturer’s .and companies that made toys for kids. .Saturday morning became one of the most profitable days of the week, both for the networks and the companies that advertised during that four hour time slot.

Go down the grocery aisle in any supermarket and see how many cereals are "coated" or "sweetened” with sugar. Only one quarter of the cereals offered are either sugar free or contain much lower amounts of sugar than the rest.

Experts contend that serving sugar coated cereals is like giving children a bowl of candy doused with milk. Just as sodas have been criticized for their high sugar content, some believe that the next target will be the cereal market. Tony the Tiger may think Sugar Frosted Flakes are great, but nutritionists don't.