"I was doing it for their own good, not for mine, like I can imagine any mother doing."
She denied holding children's noses and pushing at their faces to get a spoon into their mouths. Sister Alphonso said she had stopped the practice of force-feeding when she moved to another home at Lasswade, Midlothian.
She added: "It didn't seem the right thing to do. It would have been so much easier if the children had eaten their vegetables."
The nun said she didn't see any of the children choke, gag or be sick on their food after she had forced them to eat.
She also denied that she had consigned the allegations against her "to a corner of her mind" because they were so horrific.
Thirteen alleged victims were at a home run by the Poor Sisters of Nazareth in Aberdeen while the rest were at Lasswade.
The trial at Aberdeen Sheriff Court continues. COPYRIGHT 2000 Scottish Daily Record & Sunday