Health experts are calling for healthier eating habits for children after a study found children’s health improved as they ate more fruits, vegetables and nuts.
The findings, which were published in the American Journal of Public Health, suggest the best way to make children’s diets healthier is to reduce the amount of processed foods and processed foods with added sugars.
Dr Rachael Jansen, from the University of New South Wales, said children who ate less fruit and vegetables and more fruit and vegetable-rich foods were more likely to have better health outcomes in the future.
“Our findings suggest that fruits and vegetables are a great place to start,” Dr Jansen said.
Children who ate more fruit, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, nuts and seeds were also more likely in the long term to have a healthy weight.
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