Here's the good news: American kids love their apples. The bad news? It's one of the only fruits that kids will eat.
New data published in the journal Pediatrics shows that apples are the clear winner when it comes to the fruit chosen most often by kids. As whole fruits, they account for 20 percent of all fruit consumption in the U.S. Add 100 percent fruit juice to the mix and the percentage is even higher. Apples and apple juice make up 30 percent of American kids' total fruit intake.
The study didn't put a number on how many apples kids eat each day, but researchers noted that most kids are still not eating the recommended amount of 1-2 cups of fruit per day. A diet that is rich in fruits and vegetables can help to lower a person's risk of conditions such as diabetes, stroke and cancer.
The study looked at the fruit consumption of more than 3,000 kids and teens between the ages of 2 to 19. Overall, kids aged 6 to 11 were more likely to eat whole apples while kids aged 2 to 5 were more likely to drink fruit juice. Breaking it down by race, black children were more likely to get their daily fruit from juice while Asian, white and Hispanic kids were more likely to get theirs from whole fruits. There was no difference in fruit consumption between boys and girls.
After apples, citrus juice came in second — at 14 percent — as a main source of fruit for kids.
The researchers didn't weigh in on whether any of this information is good or bad. For now, it's just data. And it gives health experts a better insight into what American kids are eating.
As far as fruit goes, that seems to be apples and not much else.