Kids with sweet tooth have fat gene
Researchers report that children who crave sweet snacks rather than salty snacks have a higher risk for obesity later in life.
In a new study toddlers were presented a tray of snacks to choose from including sweet chocolate chip cookies and salty potato chips.
Those toddlers that favored the sweet-tasting treats were more likely to have increased body fat by age three.
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The study suggests that having a sweet tooth is genetic and is therefor not easily prevented or unlearned.
If your little one does tend to favor sugar, try serving them healthy alternatives that still sate their sweet tooth cravings, such as fresh or dried fruit, dark chocolate, and nuts.
Fortunately, studies such as this one help shed light on the genetic causes of childhood obesity and open the door for further research to help intervene at an early age and prevent onset.