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Cheese Keeps the Kids Full

cheddarcheeseA new study published Pediatrics found that children who snacked on cheese and vegetables had a lower intake of calories.

Researchers asked a group of 201 children in the third through sixth grade to eat one of four snack types: potato chips, cheese, vegetables or a combination of cheese and vegetables. They were then instructed to eat as much as they wanted until they were full while watching a 45-minute cartoon. Meanwhile, scientists tracked their caloric intake.

On average, children who had cheese and vegetables ate 72 percent fewer calories than those in the potato chip group, even though cheese is generally considered to have a high fat content. The cheese and vegetable group also needed fewer calories to feel full. Even the group that ate just cheese consumed fewer calories than those who ate potato chips.

Source: CBS News; Michelle Castillo