Snacking on Raisins could reduce overall daily calorie intake in Children

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(Best Syndication News) - A study funded by the California Raisin Marketing Board, found that eating raisins for an after-school snack prevented children between 8 and 11 years of age from consuming excessive amounts of calories. The raisins gave the children a better feeling of fullness compared to other common snacks such as grapes, potato chips, and cookies. The study results were announced at the Canadian Nutrition Society’s annual meeting being held in Vancouver, B.C.

The study involved 26 boys and girls of normal weight between the ages of 8 and 11 over a three-month time. The children were randomly assigned to eat raisins, grapes, potato chips, or chocolate chips as a snack until they felt comfortably full.

On test days, the children were all fed the same breakfast, morning snack and lunch. Then the children were asked about hunger before the assigned snack right before the snack and at 15 minute intervals after the snack.

The children who ate the raisins had lower food consumption afterwards and they had greater feeling of satiety than the other snacks did. Additionally, the children snacking on raisins ate significantly fewer calories than the other snack foods.

The grape snackers ate 56 percent more calories than the raisin group. The potato chip eaters had 70 percent more calories than the raisin group. The cookie group ate 108 percent more calories than the raisin group.

The researchers said that the daily calorie consumption for breakfast, morning snack, lunch, and after-school snack of the raisin group eaters was 10 – 19 percent less than the other snack groups.

The lead researcher of this study was G. Harvey Anderson, Ph.D., Professor of Nutritional Sciences and Physiology, Department of Nutritional Sciences, University of Toronto along with Nick Bellissimo, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, School of Nutrition, Ryerson University and Bohdan Luhovyy, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Applied Human Nutrition, Mount Saint Vincent University.

The California Raisins Marketing Board has also funded other research on raisins. Another study found that raisins significantly reduced blood pressure compared to eating ready-to-eat snacks with the same amount of calories. The raisin group is also promoting the food online as a healthy snack.

By: Marsha Quinn
Health Reporter

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