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Most Veggie Intake is Junk Food

Thursday, 30 October 2008 13:42

For many kids, "eat your veggies" means dig into a bag of potato chips or a container of french fries, according to a study presented last week at EmoryUniversity and sponsored by the National Institutes of Health. These two "junk foods" account for a large proportion of children's vegetable intake, says the study's author, Dr. Catherine Champagne of LouisianaState University in Baton Rouge.

Champagne and colleagues poured over food-intake data from the US Department of Agriculture. They computed that children under the age of 7 received 27.3% of their vegetables from fries and chips. This figure jumped to 28.9% in children aged 7 to 12, and to 31.2% in children aged 13 to 18. African American children aged 13 to 18 got 40% of their total vegetable intake from chips and fries.

Champagne CM, Allen HR, French fried potatoes and potato chips as vegetable servings: How much do they contribute to the intakes of children in the United States? Champagne Pennington Biomedical Research Center, Louisiana State University - International Conference Series on Health Promotion Conference on Childhood Obesity: Partnerships for Research & Prevention.  Atlanta, Georgia, May 3-5,1999