A recent study carried out in Ireland by a group of researchers from three universities to test awareness of nutrition among smaller consumers shows that kids know how to recognize healthy food. The study, published in Appetite, examined the responses of 172 children between the ages of 3 and 5 when asked about the healthy nature (or lack thereof) of common foods.
Independently of their socio-economic bracket, eating habits of their families, and how much time they spend in front of the television, the children demonstrated the ability to tell which food items were good for them. The youngest in the sample showed a smaller capacity to resist foods with high fat or sugar contents. But knowing that consumption of these products must be limited increases with age.
The results of the research, according to the academics, highlights the necessity of transmitting the principles of healthy eating habits from pre-school years to improve diets in the younger segment of the population, a crucial factor to ensure balanced growth.