Snacks provide 25 percent of children’s fiber consumption, according to a report by the 2015 U.S. Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee. The committee analyzes U.S. diet trends and makes recommendations to the U.S. government about improving diets.
Evidence supports the value of programs that seek to improve children’s diets by involving parents and schools in promoting healthy choices, and by improving labeling and nutritional standards, noted the report. The report also details how most children and youth do not eat enough fresh fruits, vegetables and whole grains.
The report urges food manufactures to include more fruit, vegetable and whole grain content in prepared foods and to reduce the levels of added sugar, sodium and saturated fats.
The committee reported that limited evidence suggests that children who consume excessive amounts of energy-dense and low-fiber foods − such as sweets, refined grains, and processed meats, sugar-sweetened beverages, whole milk, fried potatoes, certain fats and oils, and fast foods − may be at greater risk of obesity later in life.