Children and Snacking

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A study done at St Michael’s hospital in Toronto with preschool children showed that we have to not only pay attention to what kids eat but how they eat. Children allowed to eat while watching TV or in front of any screen activity led to higher cholesterol levels that put them at a higher cardiovascular risk later in life. Often while engaged in these activities the children were snacking on fluids like juice which would leave them full at mealtime. They would not be paying attention to what they were eating or how much they were consuming. Variety also becomes less important which often leads to poorer nutritional choices. The key is to give kids control over when and how much they eat but offering healthier choices.  Intervening at any early age promotes better nutrition.

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