The journal, Pediatrics, just published the results of a very interesting study. In the study of children’s snack foods, researchers found that children who were given a combination of healthy foods consumed significantly fewer calories before feeling full than those given potato chips. Even more important was the finding that calorie intake was more pronounced in those children who were overweight or obese and those who were from “low-involvement” families.
In the study, children who were given vegetables only consumed about 60 calories before feeling full, while children in the group who were given chips only consumed more than 600 calories before feeling full. That’s a huge difference! Think of it this way, a child would have to ride a bike for 1-2 hours to burn off those additional calories. They would have to swim for about an hour to burn the same number of calories.
What does this all mean for you? It means that by making healthy snacks available to your kids, you can significantly cut the total calories they consume each day. Instead of the usual chips and sweets, make sure you have healthier choices like cheese and fresh veggies. This study found that they tend to give children a feeling of fullness without the “empty” calories found in typical snack foods.
I have found with my own children and grandchildren that kids will eat almost any snack food, whether it’s healthy or not. So, as parents, we need to make sure that we have healthy snacks available.
Remember, healthy choices each day can transform families for generations! What choices will you make today?
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