Think Smart, Think Water!

A conclusion of new research by T. Bettina Cornwell of the University of Oregon and Anna R. McAlister of Michigan State University have found that water could change the way we eat.

60 US young adults and 75 US children were surveyed about their food and beverage intake in this study. Older participants favored the combination of soda served with salty, calorie-dense foods rather than soda and vegetables. Preschoolers ate more raw vegetables, either carrots or red peppers, when accompanied with water rather than when accompanied by a sweetened beverage.

“Serving water, McAlister said, could be a simple and effective dietary change to help address the nation’s growing obesity problem, which has seen increasing number of diabetes cases in young adults and a rise in health-care costs in general.”

It’s important to start teaching children to drink more water instead of tasty, high calorie drinks. The earlier children start learning to drink more water with their meals, the more they associate this habit into their lifestyle rather than high-caloric beverages.

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