|Remember those nutcrackers? |
They were fun.
Groan--what's a Healthy Eating Index score, you ask? It's a measure of how one's diet conforms to the USDA Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Below 51--poor diet. 51-80 need for improvement. Above 80--a good diet.
Researchers at the University of Florida picked 28 child-parent pairs in North Central Florida. The parents were told to eat the 1.5 oz of almonds, the kids the 1 oz of nuts or almond butter.
At the end of three weeks, the Healthy Eating Index scores for both increased--the parents to 61.4 plus or minus 1.4 and the childrens' to 61.4 plus or minus 2.2.
Man, we are in the weeds now. Anyhow...
Bottom line--The researchers figured the parents and children replaced salty and processed snacks with the nuts.
Over the last 20 yrs, consumption of nuts and seeds by kids 3-6 yrs old has decreased and consumption of chips and pretzels has increased.
But--they did find kids got sick of crunching down the nuts--and parents had to incorporate the butter or nuts into oatmeal and other foods. My question is--would kids consider these snacks or would they grab a pretzel anyway?
Still, almonds aren't too hard to take...I want some right now.