USA Today also reports that parents are beginning to clean up their nutrition acts when it comes to the snacks they serve their children.
Fruit is the most common snack for children under 6, and cookies are second. In 1987, cookies ruled and fruit ranked second, according to findings from the NPD Group, a market research firm.
Furthermore, kids today:
• Are less likely to consume carbonated soft drinks, ice cream, candy, cake and fruit juice as snacks than kids the same age did 20 years ago.
• Are more likely to have fruit rolls and gummy pieces, yogurt, crackers, granola bars and bottled water.
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