MINNEAPOLIS, July 23 (UPI) — Having children eat snacks containing whole grains — like graham crackers — can help them meet the recommended three servings a day, U.S. researchers say.
University of Minnesota researchers say earlier studies have showed children typically only eat about one serving per day.
Researchers served graham snacks with four different levels of whole-grain flour to about 100 elementary-school children in a Roseville, Minn., after-school program.
The study, published in the British Food Journal, found the children ate just as many crackers with higher whole-grain content as the lower whole-grain content versions.
“Graham snacks provide a healthy, highly acceptable whole grain food that kids love to eat,” lead investigator Len Marquart says in a statement. “This is an excellent way for kids to get up to an additional serving of whole grain per snacking occasion.”
Copyright 2010 United Press International, Inc. (UPI). Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI’s prior written consent.