Think your children will snack only on chips? Researchers found otherwise – and kids who were served vegetables and cheese ate 72% fewer calories than the kids offered chips.
Moreover, the effects were more pronounced among overweight or obese children, according to the study published Monday in the journal Pediatrics.
Researchers from Cornell University randomly sorted 201 children from the Chicago area in grades three to six into four groups: just chips, just cheese, just vegetables, cheese and vegetables. The kids were told the study was about the TV watching they were going to do while they snacked.
“The eating of non-nutrient dense snack foods is considered a major factor contributing to childhood obesity,” the researchers wrote. Not only are kids eating snacks with little nutritional value, but according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, children today eat an average of three snacks a day, compared with one snack 30 years ago.