The majority resort to a sandwich, usually sausage, or pastries and cookies. He ‘White Paper on Children’s Snacks‘, presented this Friday, has been prepared under the direction of the Dr. Ramón de Cangas with the collaboration of a team of dietitians-nutritionists. This team has carried out academic research promoted by AEFY, the Spanish Association of Yogurt Manufacturers.
The book also has a prologue by Ernesto GascoHigh Commissioner against Child Poverty, which analyzes the eating patterns of the little ones and emphasizes the need to promote a healthier and more accessible diet.
Regarding the foods consumed at snacks, the yoghurt It is only an option in 1 in 4 cases, despite its great nutritional value. On the other hand, the fruit, which should also be present in a balanced diet, is only present in 45.5%. It is estimated that the majority of Spanish children does not consume the recommended five pieces of fruit and vegetables a day.
Dr. De Cangas and the president of the AEFY, Antoni Bandrés, highlight the importance of a snack composed of fruit, nuts and above all, yogurt.
It must be taken into account the importance of snack as one of the daily meals. Experts highlight its presence in children’s diets and recommend that it represents around 10% of their daily energy value. This ‘White Paper’ highlights the inclusion of dairy foods, and, in particular, yogurt, for its contribution of calcium and vitamin D.
The book also includes the direct relationship between the presence of childhood obesity and the socioeconomic level of families, since the incidence of obesity is higher in those family environments with fewer economic resources. In addition, they say that not eating five meals a day increases the risk of obesity.
For Antoni Bandrés, “this book offers a real and objective diagnosis about the snacks of the boys and girls of Spain. Its results allow us to start a debate about the need to review the foods that make up the snacks and thus promote the recommendation of healthy options, such as yogurt.
The ‘White Paper’ collects the main nutritional sources suitable for children in a study in which dietitians-nutritionists Fernando Ojo, Iñaki Elío, Sandra Sumalla-Cano and Luján Soler also participated.