For American kids, apples are the favorite fruit

 
By Laura Mize • Published: December 1st, 2015
Category: Health in a Heartbeat
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If the saying “an apple a day keeps the doctor away” is indeed true, then most American parents should have little trouble keeping their kids clear of the pediatrician’s office.

A new study of fruit consumption among American kids found that children eat apples more than any other fruit. Be it a granny smith, gala or red delicious, apples make up about 20 percent of a child’s fruit intake. This statistic comes from a study recently published in the journal Pediatrics. The researchers analyzed results from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, specifically for kids ages 2 to 19.

But really, is there any surprise here? Apples are tasty and juicy, provide a satisfying crunch when you take a bite, and pack loads of healthful nutrients, such as vitamin C and fiber.

They’re also a great way to get a quick pick-me-up snack without overloading on calories, fat or sodium.

What are the other fruits and fruit products kids devour the most?

Apple juice, citrus juice and bananas follow apples on the list of most widely consumed 100-percent-fruit fare.

But for parents whose children refuse to partake of fruits and vegetables, take heart. Here are a few tips to improve the amount of fruits and veggies your child consumes.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends boosting fruit consumption by topping breakfast cereal with fruit. To sneak more vegetables into the mix, they suggest hunting down recipes for family favorites … such as lasagna, chili and spaghetti… that pack a heavy dose of veggies instead of meat.

And moms, dads and grandparents could even sneak a little wholesome apple goodness into the wee ones’ Christmas stockings without ushering in complaints.