Diabetes Health in the News: Children Are Not Always Healthy Eaters

Researchers from Ohio State University recently decided to test the idea that kids who regularly ate healthy foods would be less likely to select processed food choices. However, they found that this theory is not substantiated.

Researchers looked at low-income preschoolers from Columbus, OH, who frequently drank milk and ate fruits and vegetables. Findings showed that the children were just as likely to choose foods that were high in fat, salt, and sugar than children who rarely ate healthy food items.

After meeting with parents of over 350 children ages 2-5, researchers found that regardless of their age, children who ate healthy foods were no less likely to consume unhealthy options.

These findings were published in the Maternal and Child Health Journal in the December 2015 edition.


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