Parenting experts have long complained that low-calorie snacks have become too easy for kids to enjoy.
They’re a way for parents to reward kids for good behavior, and are considered a healthier alternative to junk food in most areas.
But a new report suggests that even though parents have been trying to make snacks less appealing to their kids, the trend toward low-carbohydrate snacks is starting to reverse.
The National Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics has published a study in The Journal of the American Dietetic Association (JADA) which found that in recent years, a growing number of parents have begun to eat low-carbs snacks, especially low-fat snacks.
They have been encouraged to eat a smaller portion of the food, and to limit their intake of processed foods, such as soda, and sugar-sweetened beverages.
Parents say these foods are more appealing to kids than the traditional high-carb foods.
A study published last year in the journal JAMA Pediatrics found that the proportion of children eating a low-Carbs snack had decreased by more than half from 2006 to 2016, from 25 percent to 15 percent.
Researchers attribute the decrease to a growing awareness among parents and children of the health benefits of low- and moderate-carb diets.
The JADA report found that a recent survey by the American Academy of Pediatrics found a similar decrease in low-CARB snack consumption among parents.
The American Academy also noted that many parents had stopped recommending their children eat low carb foods.
The new study, however, does not find evidence that these changes have led to more children consuming low- carb snacks.
“The results of this study suggest that the increased availability of low carb snack options may not have changed the prevalence of low carbohydrate consumption or even increased the percentage of children who reported that they were not consuming low carb snacks,” said lead author Elizabeth S. Smith, M.D., of the University of California, Davis, in a statement.
The researchers used a survey of 3,000 children ages 3 to 17 that included questions about the quality of the snacks they ate.
“Low-carb snacks were not associated with a significant decrease in children’s overall eating behaviors,” the study authors wrote.
The study also found that children who preferred low-sugar snacks tended to have higher snack consumption than children who liked high-soda, sugar-filled snacks.
In contrast, children who prefer low-protein snacks tended not to have a significant increase in their overall eating behavior.
“There is still a lot of research needed to understand how low-glycemic carbohydrates can improve children’s eating behavior,” Dr. Smith said.
The latest JADA study is part of the ongoing efforts of the Association of American Dietetics (AAED) to encourage parents to limit the amount of food children consume.
The AED’s “Eat More Less: The Food of the Mind and Body” program encourages parents to follow a simple, easy to follow plan for healthy eating.
In the program, parents can choose to limit certain foods and beverages, and set specific guidelines for snacks.
The plan allows parents to eat less of certain foods, and provide a more complete meal plan for their children.
The AAED also encourages parents and caregivers to work together to identify foods and snacks that may be harmful to children’s health.
Parents can share recipes with children.
“A child is more likely to eat more of a food if the parent is familiar with that food and its health effects,” Drs.
Smith and Smith wrote in their statement.
“Parents can encourage their children to reduce the amount and types of foods that they consume by using the recipes of other parents who have successfully lowered their children’s risk of childhood obesity.”
The study has been praised by the Academy of Food and Nutrition and other nutrition experts.
The Association of Professional Dietitians (APD) also released a statement saying that the findings show that the benefits of eating a high-carberside diet are real, and that “parents and caregivers should make healthy eating choices that help their children meet their weight goals.”
It also recommends that parents limit their childrens daily caloric intake to less than 200 calories.
“Many parents choose to give their children less than their daily energy needs and the effects of the low-g carbs and low-fiber foods in the low carb food plan are not known,” the APD statement read.
“In addition, many children are getting a low carb diet that is not being met by their parents, and it is not making the child’s weight gain any worse.”
According to Dr. Sommers, the new study is an important step toward a healthier diet.
“I’m hopeful that parents are beginning to see that they can take their kids on a high carb diet and get the healthiest children,” she said.
“If parents can make it a goal to limit all carbohydrates, it’s possible that kids can continue to get healthier and live longer lives.”