A new study from the University of Florida found that adding a small amount of almonds to the daily diet helped parents and children start eating healthier. The almonds helped break the habit of unhealthier snack options.
Researchers had 28 parent-child pairs to eat a daily portion of almonds. Adults ate 1.5 ounces of almonds, while kids ate a half-ounce of almonds, or almond nut butter.
After three weeks, parents and children both scored better on the Healthy Eating Index scale.
Why it Works
Researchers believe that the 'almond intervention' helped parents and kids eat a more wholesome, satiating food in place of unhealthier, processed snacks.
"The habits you have when you are younger are carried into adulthood, so if a parent is able to incorporate almonds or different healthy snacks into a child's diet, it's more likely that the child will choose those snacks later on in life," said Alyssa Burns, doctoral student and lead study investigator.
Sometimes changing one bad habit can be as easy as finding a healthier substitute. Why not give it a try?
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