Research from Yale University's Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity dispels a myth surrounding children and the types of food they enjoy. Sugary options aren't the only choice that kids will willingly eat.
Researchers gave children between the ages of 5 and 12 cereal while at summer camp. The participants were allowed to select one out of three high-sugar or low-sugar cereals. Children reportedly said they liked the cereal regardless of how much sugar it contained.
Jennifer Harris, the study's lead author, says the research indicates there is a misconception about what kids want and will eat.
"Even if parents add a small amount of table sugar, this strategy would reduce the amount of sugar in children's diets while also promoting a balanced first meal of the day," says Harris.
Limiting sugar and eating a balanced diet are important for everyone. More Americans than ever are being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and obesity, but eating right can help reduce the prevalence of such conditions. Plus, people may also reap the benefits of lower life insurance premiums as a result.