A new study explains why U.S. children prefer apples to the detriment of other fruits. The news does not bother health institutions at all; they are simply trying to understand what aspects work and which don’t when it comes to encouraging children to consume more fruits.
The efforts that parents used to make to convince their children to eat fruits and vegetables may finally be over. A new survey carried out by researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention proves that children have larger portions of fruits every day. Surprisingly, they prefer apples and bananas, whereas other fruits are rarely consumed.
The explanation for the increasing popularity of apples may be found in the shape and the taste of the Biblical fruit. According to CDC, children perceive apples as being sweeter than other fruits. Additionally, they are much more functional than other products; children can carry them in their bags without being afraid that they will get stained.
Health organizations think parents and educators have worked to change children’s perception on fruits. The youth is constantly reminded of the health benefits that apples may have for them. These sayings are true considering that apples contain many vitamins and nutrients.
The survey has further revealed how children like to consume their apples. According to statistics, 53 percent children prefer to eat whole fruits. 30 percent children prefer to consume fruits under various forms, for instance, in cakes or juices. While figures may not still be alarming, these 30 percent children have to have their beliefs changed.
Parents should explain children that fruits are healthy as long as they are naturally consumed. When combined with other substances in juices, they may become just as harmful as unnatural products. Sugar in sweetened juices can cause diabetes and obesity among children, scientists have concluded.
Researchers appreciate the fact that children consume larger fruit intakes per day. Fruit portions have increased to 1.25 servings per day, whereas in the previous years, very few children observed the recommendation of one or two servings per day.
CDC will continue to stimulate producers’ involvement in the improvement of children’s eating habits. They think some of the findings of the new survey can inspire famous food restaurants to deliver attractive fruit-based packages to children and convince them to choose healthy products instead of junk food.
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