Adolescence Affects Food Choices
Teens’ emerging social conscience appears to affect their food choices. That’s what researchers found when they studied 536 teens ages 14 and 15. One group got guidance on healthy eating. The other learned about the food industry’s hidden tactics—including engineering food to be pleasurable and marketing those foods specifically to children. Those teens made healthier food selections the next day. When given the choice, they picked water over sugary drinks, and healthier snacks, such as carrots and fruit, over refined carbs such as chips and cookies. Teens are independently minded, and researchers suggest that tapping into their beliefs might be key to behavior changes.
Source: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, published online Sept. 12, 2016