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Water, not Soda, Better for Food Choices

Wednesday, 16 May 2012 02:54 PM


Making healthy food choices isn’t just about what we eat. New research shows it’s also about what we drink.
A pair of new studies, published in the journal Appetite, found young people and children tend to have a greater appetite for vegetables and healthier foods when they’re served water with meals. By contrast, soda and sugar-sweetened drinks may have the opposite effect.
One study involved a survey of 60 U.S. adults -- ages 19-23 -- about the role of food-and-drink pairings. The second involved experiments with 75 American kids -- ages 3-5 -- to determine if drinks have an impact on vegetable consumption.
For the first study, researchers found young people favored combining soda with salty, high-calorie foods rather than soda and vegetables. For the second, investigators found preschoolers ate more raw vegetables – including carrots and red peppers -- when they were served with water and not a sweetened beverage.
Researcher Anna R. McAlister of Michigan State University said the findings suggest serving water with meals could be a simple and effective way to help address the nation's growing obesity problem
"Our taste preferences are heavily influenced by repeated exposure to particular foods and drinks," added co-researcher T. Bettina Cornwell of the University of Oregon. "This begins early through exposure to meals served at home and by meal combinations offered by many restaurants. Our simple recommendation is to serve water with all meals."


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