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New Study Shows Exactly What Kind of Fruits Children Like to Eat - Apple is No. 1

9/21/2015
Fruits are an important source of nutrients that promote health and protect against chronic disease. In fact, a diet rich in fruits and vegetables is associated with a decreased risk of diabetes, stroke, cancers and other deadly conditions. Despite this, studies show that only about 40 percent of children ages 1 to 18 met recommendations for one to two cups of fruit per day. A new study in the October 2015 Pediatrics, “Fruit Consumption by Youth in the United States,” (published online Sept. 21), adds to this discussion by studying exactly what fruits—and fruit juices—children are most likely to eat. Researchers surveyed 3,129 children ages 2 through 19 and found that over half of consumption (53 percent) came in the form of whole fruit—which have the greatest health benefits—and 34 percent was in the form of 100 percent-juice juice drinks. By far, the favorite fruit for kids is the apple, which comprised about 20 percent of fruits consumed, and apple juice also comprised approximately 10 percent, followed by citrus juices, bananas, melons, berries, citrus fruit, fruit salads, grapes and peaches and nectarines. Researchers found that fruit choices varied according to age and race but did not vary for gender. These findings provide some insight into what fruits children are eating and socioeconomic factors that may influence what fruit children want to eat and are being provided to eat.

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