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Family Meals Help Kids Eat More Fruit & Veggies

Family Meals Help Kids Eat More Fruit & Veggies

One or two family meals a week may help kids eat more fruits and vegetables, a new study suggests.
In the U.K. study, children whose families always ate meals together consumed 4.4 ounces (1.5 portions) more fruits and vegetables a day compared with children whose families never ate together.
And kids who had family meals just once or twice a week consumed 3.4 ounces (1.2 portions) more produce a day.
«Modern life often prevents the whole family from sitting round the dinner table, but this research shows that even just Sunday lunch round the table can help improve the diets of our families,» ...

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Two Cups of Milk a Day Ideal for Children’s Health, New Research Shows

Two Cups of Milk a Day Ideal for Children’s Health, New Research Shows

New research has answered one of the most common questions parents ask their doctors: How much milk should I be giving my children? The answer is two cups per day.

«We started to research the question because professional recommendations around milk intake were unclear and doctors and parents were seeking answers,» said Dr. Jonathon Maguire, a pediatrician at St. Michael’s Hospital and the lead author of the study.
Dr...

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Nutrition: health professionals can advise, but parents have the final say

Nutrition: health professionals can advise, but parents have the final say

If parents find advice from health professionals too dictatorial, it can put them off asking for help in the future

For Starters, a new report published by thinktank Demos on child nutrition, shows many parents are confused and anxious about healthy eating for their babies and toddlers.

A survey of more than 1,800 mothers of children aged 0-2, conducted for the report, found that one in five felt they had not received enough advice on breastfeeding; over a quarter of mothers wanted more advice about introducing solid food and a third wanted more information about toddler nutrition...

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Swapping out chips for cheese, veggies may curb calorie intake in snacking kids

Swapping out chips for cheese, veggies may curb calorie intake in snacking kids

When it comes to giving children snacks, having a healthier array of options may cut down on calorie-intake while still keeping kids full, new research suggests.

Scientists found that children who were given snacks of vegetables and cheese or just plain cheese had the same levels of satiation compared to those given potato chips, meaning they were just as full. However, the vegetable and cheese groups reported significantly lower intake of calories.

«There is no magic food or ingredient that will end childhood obesity, but learning to substitute certain foods — such as choosing a combination s...

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Swapping chips for cheese, veggies may curb calorie intake in snacking kids

Swapping chips for cheese, veggies may curb calorie intake in snacking kids

When it comes to giving children snacks, having a healthier array of options may cut down on calorie-intake while still keeping kids full, new research suggests.

Scientists found that children who were given snacks of vegetables and cheese or just plain cheese had the same levels of satiation compared to those given potato chips, meaning they were just as full. However, the vegetable and cheese groups reported significantly lower intake of calories.

«There is no magic food or ingredient that will end childhood obesity, but learning to substitute certain foods — such as choosing a combination s...

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Children not eating enough fruit

Children not eating enough fruit

MOST parents are not giving fresh fruit to their children and serving processed fruit snacks instead, a survey shows.

About 60 per cent of parents wanted their children to eat more fruit, the survey of 501 parents found, but only 46 per cent actually served it.

The Australian Pineapples Family Nutrition Report surveyed parents about their eating habits, fruit intake, parental influence on children’s eating habits and whether fresh fruit was bought.

Australian Pineapples ambassador Dr Joanna McMillan said developing healthy eating habits early in life is vital.

«Despite reports showing 20 per...

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