Tuesday, August 19, 2014

9 in 10 children don't eat enough vegetables

healthy eatingAccording to the CDC, the amount of whole fruit (*Includes all forms of fruit (fresh, frozen, canned, and dried) children, 2-18 years old, ate increased by 67% from 2003 to 2010 and replaced fruit juice as the main contributor of fruit to children's diets. However, the amount of vegetables children ate did not change from 2003 to 2010. 

Although we had this increase, the CDC states that children are still not eating the recommended amount of fruit and vegetables. 9 in 10 children didn't eat enough vegetables in 2007-2010.

What can parents do? The CDC offers these suggestions.
  • Eat fruit and vegetables with their children.
  • If serving frozen or canned vegetables or fruit, choose those with low or no sodium and no added sugar.
  • Provide fruit and vegetables for snacks instead of less healthy options.
  • Include their children when shopping for, growing, and preparing fruit and vegetables.
  • Encourage children to eat a variety of fruit and vegetables, even if it takes many tries.
  • Learn what counts as a cup of fruit or vegetables, for example:
        • 1 small apple; 8 large strawberries.
        • 12 baby carrots; 1 large ear of corn.

What are your successful tips for getting children to eat fruits and vegetables?

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