For over two centuries, apple has grown as a familiar fruit for kids and the saying that “An apple a day keeps doctor away” has become omnipresent in every culture and language.
A recent study has found that even kids are growing with apples that their intake of total fruits is dominated by apple to the extent of 18.9%, with no other rival in the vicinity.
Based on more than 3,000 responses from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey from 2011 to 2012, resear cers found that of all fruit intake among children and teenagers from the age of 2 to 19 is 18.9% in the United States.
The study published in Pediatrics, said apple tops the fruit-intake especially in the form of juice among the kids. Apart from apple juice, citrus juice and bananas or banana juice constitute almost half of fruit consumption, said the study.
Fruit juices account for 34% of fruit intake while whole fruits make it to 53%. As per the study, American kids consume 1.25 cups of fruit daily, on average, which is within the range recommended by the U.S. Department of Agriculture that says children should eat 1 to 2 cups of fruit per day.
Researchers also found that fiber-centric whole fruits are preferable to juices or dishes with fruits mixed in, which could add sugar, sodium and fat.
“Liquid forms of calories have been shown to bypass many satiety cues and may contribute to excess caloric intake because people may not compensate for calories consumed in liquid form,” noted researchers in the study.