My kids would snack or graze until they dropped, whether its savory or sweet, healthy or downright bad for you (all in moderation of course). Christmas is particularly bad it seems because the snacks seem to be dominated by small repositories of holiday chocolate or candy they've squirreled away from various doting relatives.
So it's interesting to read Jennifer Steinhauer's piece in the NYT on the cult of kiddie snacking, particularly this quote:
"Between 1977 and 2002, the percent of the American population eating
three or more snacks a day increased to 42 percent from 11 percent,
according to a large study of American nutritional habits conducted by
the Agriculture Department with the Department of Health and Human
Further, researchers found, the percent of children
surveyed who said they had eaten three meals on the previous day went
down, while those who had had a snack went up more than 40 percent.
My kids still manage to eat their meals (most of the time) but I can't argue against the fact that the times when they haven't had a snack they eat with more gusto.
So are our kids snacking too much? Or are we simply given them mini-top ups to fuel their busy little metabolisms?
What do you with Gastrokids think?