Even as childhood obesity rates continue to rise across the globe, health experts believe that simple changes towards healthy food, such as eating snacks of vegetables and cheese instead of chips, may greatly influence the amount of calories consumed.
The researchers found that eating vegetables and cheese provided the same level of satisfaction to children compared to eating chips but the number of calories consumed was significantly lower.
AdvertisementLead researcher Brian Wansink, from Cornell University, said that there was no one ingredient that can reduce childhood obesity and added that people should be sensible choices.
"There is no magic food or ingredient that will end childhood obesity, but learning to substitute certain foods --- such as choosing a combination snack of vegetables and cheese instead of potato chips or sweets --- can be an effective tool to induce children to reduce their caloric intake while snacking", he said.
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