Quick question: Put yourself in the mind of a child. What goes better with Doritos? A tall glass of cool water, or a can of newly opened Orange Crush? Remember, you are a kid. If you answered a glass of water, well, that would be wishful thinking. Nope, recent studies have shown that children who drink sugary sodas prefer salty junk food snacks that complement the sweet buzz that comes with fizzy soda, whereas children who drink plain old water show more of a preference for healthier snacks like raw vegetables, namely carrots and red peppers.
According to the study, Researchers T. Bettina Cornwell and Anna R. McAlister surveyed 60 young adults, ages 19 to 23, about their preferences for different food-drink combinations. The young adults greatly favored the winning combination of salty junk food and soda, rather than the less preferable choice of soda and veggies. The researchers also tested 75 children, ages three to five, who were served either a sweetened beverage or plain water with their vegetable snacks on multiple trials. The preschoolers (a more malleable group) in the trials ate more raw vegetables when they were served water instead of a sweetened soda. The conclusion would be that, while the young adults are already damaged by years of indulgence, the young children still have a chance, providing one is given to them, to eat healthy and avoid negatively compounded eating habits.
Do you tend to serve water with meals? Have you noticed an improved appetite among children for healthier foods depending on what drink is served with meals?