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May 05, 2021 Wednesday 12:43:29 PM IST

Reward Child with Fruits and Nuts

Parent Interventions

Parents usually give a chocolate, ice cream or candy as a reward for accomplishing something but it would be better to offer fruits, nuts or a cereal bar instead. A study among 200 first graders done by Cornell University has shown that when given dried apple slices with 56% sugar as a reward, it was valued significantly when offered as a reward compared to those who didn’t have to do anything to get it. The higher valuation of sweet rewards might not be worrisome if it didn’t lead children to crave more sweets, or if those calories were offset by eating less other food. The findings point to the need to give a range of rewards that don’t consist entirely of sugar, perhaps including fruit, dried fruits, nuts or cereal bars.