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A brief survey of first graders at a Jacksonville, Florida elementary revealed that their favorite snacks were Capri Sun and chocolate bars. This should cause concern even for parents who tend to feel it is alright for their children to live off junk food. When supplying your child with a snack, it is important to remember that it counts in their daily intake of sugars, fats and calories. While every bite of food a child ingests does not need to be vitamin packed, filling them with empty calories on a regular basis can lead to obesity and general poor health.
Next time you or your family begins to crave a bite to eat during that between-meal time, take a moment to consider an alternative to the normal fat-filled, sugar-laden selections. You might be pleasantly surprised at the reaction it gets.