Study: Apple is the Most Popular Fruit with Kids

Apple and citrus juices, bananas are also favorites with kids 2-19

apples are kids favorite fruits
A new study finds that apples are the favorite fruit of U.S. kids ages 2-19. Julia Wheeler and Veronika Laws

When your preschooler hits the fruit and veggie drawer, what does she pull out? According to a new study, it's most like an apple.

"Fruit Consumption by Youth in the United States," published in the October issue of Pediatrics reports that of all the fruits that kids eat each day, the most popular one by far is the apple, with about 20 percent of kids saying that is what they liked the best. While 53 percent of kids got their daily intake of fruit from whole fruits, 34 percent got their fruit from 100 percent juice drinks.


Favorite fruits of kids ages 2-19:

  1. apples
  2. apple juice
  3. citrus juices
  4. bananas
  5. melons
  6. berries
  7. citrus fruit
  8. fruit salads
  9. grapes
  10. peaches and nectarines

The American Academy of Pediatrics points out that juice should not be considered as a good substitute for whole fruit since whole fruit has lots of fiber that is not found in juice. They recommend that parents limit how much juice their child drinks each day. For kids under age six, that means no more than six ounces a day. 

If you'd like your preschooler to eat more fruit each day, there are a few things you can do:

  • Make sure there are always lots of different fruits and vegetables available to eat in your house. If they aren't there, kids can't eat them!
  • Make sure any fruits are washed and easily accessible. A lot of fruits are OK to store at room temperature and not in the refrigerator. As long as your preschooler knows that he needs to ask first, following the "in sight, in mind" method should increase how many fruits your preschooler eats daily.
  • Serve fruits in an appealing way. Obviously you don't want to weigh fruits down with unhealthy dips or coverings, but you can offer fruits in such a way that little kids will want to eat them. Cut fruits into fun shapes or serve with low-calorie dips. Puree fruits in a food processor and then place into molds in the freezer. Add a craft stick and you've got healthy and delicious ice pops!
  • Fruits can be a side dish with dinner! Too often we fall into the protein/starch/vegetable way of thinking on our supper plates. Instead, offer up cut up fruit to complement your meal or fruit salad as an appetizer. 
  • Practice what you preach. Let your child see you enjoying plenty of fruits at snack time. You are your child's best role model!
  • The next time you go to the grocery store, bring your child with you. Let him take a look around the produce section and see if there is anything he'd like to try. Vow that you will both try one new fruit after each visit. See how many new tastes you can try!
  • Be smart about what types of snack options you offer to your child. It's always great to offer kids choices -- it's a good way to make them feel more independent. But make the choices be good choices. Instead of offering up an apple and a piece of cake, try an apple and a banana.

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