Would you rather eat french fries than your vegetables?
That’s no surprise, considering that even U.S. toddlers are more used to eating fries than veggies on any given day, according to a survey of children’s eating habits.
The survey found that one in four 6- to 11-month-olds and one in five 1-year-olds ate no vegetables at all on days they were surveyed.
“The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends vegetable consumption with every meal and snack,” lead researcher Gandarvaka Miles, a doctoral candidate with the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health, told HealthDay News. “On two random days, parents didn’t report any vegetable consumption for these children.”
About 26 percent of 1-year-olds ate french fries the day before the survey, compared with 7.5 percent who ate dark green vegetables and about 17 percent who ate deep yellow vegetables.
The study was published May 1 and appears in the June issue of the journal Pediatrics.