The key to making kids eat better could be hiding in your tap. A new study published in the International Journal of Food Sciences and Nutrition found that the simple addition of water or milk to an adolescent's diet resulted in a change in dietary patterns, including a decrease in sugary drink consumption.
The Danish scientists who conducted this study set off to determine just how much adding water to an adolescent's daily intake affected their overall dietary patterns, and to monitor if consuming milk would have a similar effect.
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Using a sample of 173 overweight children, the scientists evaluated the effect of adding either 1 liter of water or skim milk a day to the subjects' diets for 12 weeks, observing the effect on calories, food choices, nutrient intake, and other eating patterns. The participating children were encouraged to eat without restraint throughout the study, with the addition of the water or milk being the only mandated change.