Can water change the way we eat?
Serving water with meals could be a simple but effective way to fight the nation’s growing obesity problem, particularly with kids, say researchers.
For a new paper published in the journal Appetite researchers surveyed 60 young U.S. adults (ages 19-23) about the role of food-and-drink pairings.
A second survey involved experiments with 75 U.S. children (ages 3-5) to determine the role of drinks and vegetable consumption. The same preschoolers were tested on different days under differing scenarios involving drinks served with vegetables.
Preschoolers ate more raw vegetables, either carrots or red peppers, when accompanied with water rather than when accompanied by a sweetened beverage. Older participants favored the combination of soda served with salty, calorie-dense foods rather than soda and vegetables.