Children’s recognition of healthy foods

Researchers on the Island of Ireland have demonstrated the three-to five year olds have an understanding of what foods are healthy and which foods are not.

Researchers on the Island of Ireland have demonstrated the three-to five year olds have an understanding of what foods are healthy and which foods are not. A total of 172 children from both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland took part in the study.

The study showed that children had very high levels of ability in identifying foods that were good for growth and health, but lower levels of ability in rejecting the unhealthy items, although knowledge of these increased significantly between ages three and five.

Awareness of which foods were healthy and which were not was not related to family socio-economic status, family eating habits or children’s television viewing time. The researchers suggest the need to teach children about unhealthy foods during pre-school years.

Like adults, it is evident that children even from a very young age find it hard to say no to highly palatable salty and sugary drinks and food.

Posted: 14/11/2013 16:34:40 by Laura Keaver


 

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