- The total daily sugar recommendation set for children is at 25 grams, but most postgame contain an average of 26.4 grams
- Children who do not engage in high-intensity sports activities have no need for postgame snacks
- Obesity rates among children is expected to rise partially because of the imbalance between snacking and physical activity
A recent study showed that most postgame snacks served to children may be bad for their health. Here are some factors why you need to know more about these snacks:
Most Postgame Snacks Have More Calories
A discrepancy in calories burned versus calories gained right after playing a sports activity has been observed among children in the study. Researchers from the Brigham Young University saw that while approximately 170 calories have been burned after a game, the snacks consumed by children averaged to 213 calories.
Most Postgame Snacks Contain Added Sugar
A high percentage of sugar content found in most postgame snacks served to children has also been seen. The total daily sugar recommendation set for children is at 25 grams. The majority of the postgame snacks, particularly sugary drinks, contain an average of 26.4 grams.
More Of A Tradition Than A Health Benefit
The study also pointed out that the snack culture may be more of a rewards culture practiced by families. According to one of the researchers of the study, children who do not engage in high-intensity sports activities have no need for a postgame snacks. Another finding is that an average of children spend approximately 27 minutes engaged in a sports activity. The recommended minutes of staying engaged in a physical activity for children is at 60 minutes.
The rewards culture now involves serving meals instead of snacks. Obesity rates among children are expected to rise partially because of the imbalance between snacking and physical activity.
Choose The Right Postgame Snacks
Awareness of the nutritional content in postgame snacks is crucial in serving the right food. Avoiding sugary foods and opting for healthier postgame snacks such as fruits will help improve a child’s wellness.