It’s a daily struggle for parents to get kids to eat their fruit. Some kids love a variety of choices, and others can be a little picky. Sometimes it just takes knowing what fruits they love to reach for, to get them to start snacking away more. A new study published recently in Pediatrics gives parents some insight on this issue, and have listed the fruits that are most popular with American children.
According to CNN, American youth between the ages of 2 and 19 fancy apples the most; accounting for 18.9% of fruit consumption among this age group. Citrus and apple juice, as well as bananas also make the top of the list, accounting for close to 50% of fruit intake all together.
The study also stated that American children eat approximately 1.25 cups of fruit daily; which lies perfectly within the dietary guidelines released by U.S. Department of Agriculture in 2010. According to these guidelines, kids should be consuming about one to two cups of fruit daily.
It’s important to note, researchers have stated that whole fruits which are high in fiber are recommended in snacks or meals over fruits that are mixed into dishes; the potentially added-sugar, fat, and sodium reduces the nutritional benefits that these fruits originally bring. As such within the study, whole fruit made up just over 50% of fruit consumption by U.S. children, while fruit juices sat just over 30%.
The study was able to formulate fruit intake for youngsters between 2 years of age to 19 through a review over 3,000 filled-in questionnaires from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, between the the years of 2011 to 2012.
Other fruits that rounded up the list include: grape juices with 9% of fruit consumption among youth; melon (such as cantaloupes and water melons) were at 6%; fruit salads were at 5.5%; citrus fruits (like oranges and grapefruits) were at 4.6%; berries (e.g. strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries) were at 4.3%; nectarines and peaches hit 3.5% of fruit consumption; grapes were at 2.8%; and dried fruit hit the bottom of the list of fruit that kids reach for, at 0.6%.