French fries or veg­gies? Tod­dlers eat more fries

The Hamilton Spectator - - HEALTH - KATHER­INE BURGESS

Would you rather eat french fries than your veg­eta­bles?

That’s no sur­prise, con­sid­er­ing that even U.S. tod­dlers are more used to eat­ing fries than veg­gies on any given day, ac­cord­ing to a sur­vey of chil­dren’s eat­ing habits. The sur­vey found one in four 6- to 11-month-olds and one in five one-year-olds ate no veg­eta­bles at all on days they were sur­veyed.

“The Amer­i­can Academy of Pe­di­atrics (AAP) rec­om­mends veg­etable con­sump­tion with ev­ery meal and snack,” lead re­searcher Gan­dar­vaka Miles, a doc­toral can­di­date with the Univer­sity of North Carolina-Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Pub­lic Health, told HealthDay News. “On two ran­dom days, par­ents didn’t re­port any veg­etable con­sump­tion for these chil­dren.”

About 26 per cent of one-year-olds ate french fries the day be­fore the sur­vey, com­pared with 7.5 per cent who ate dark green veg­eta­bles and about 17 per cent who ate deep yel­low veg­eta­bles.

The study was pub­lished May 1 and ap­pears in the June is­sue of the jour­nal Pe­di­atrics.


A re­cent U.S. study sug­gests tod­dlers eat fries more of­ten than veg­eta­bles.

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