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83% parents believe almonds are best snack for children: Survey

Parents believe that almonds help boost brain development and are essential for healthy bones

IANS  |  New Delhi 

Almonds. Photo: Wikimedia commons

Nearly 83 per cent of parents feel that consuming -- a natural source of many essential nutrients, including and — makes their remain more energetic throughout the day, a survey shows.

The survey, led by market research company Ipsos, found that 94 per cent of mothers in both Tier I and II cities, rank "specifically" as the healthiest form of snacking.

Parents believe that help boost brain development and are essential for healthy and stronger bones in addition to providing a daily dose of energy.

"A well-timed snack can even out spikes in hunger and provide a much-needed energy boost between meals," Sheela Krishnaswamy, a Bengaluru-based diet and nutrition consultant, said in a statement.

"Hence, it is important to ensure we incorporate healthy snacking habits by munching on healthier options like fruits or a handful of nutritious almonds that promote feelings of fullness while also keeping your child energised through the day," she added.

Further, the survey revealed that a whopping 94 per cent of affluent urban parents in Mumbai choose healthier options of snacks for their all the time, followed by Delhi (92 per cent), Nagpur (92 per cent) and Coimbatore (87 per cent).

Across cities, fruits, biscuits and almonds are the three most popular snacking options that parents prefer between meals and when hunger strikes their

"This study indicates a promising trend towards healthy snacking with increasing number of affluent parents in urban centers seeing long-term value in maintaining a healthy family lifestyle," said Ritika Samaddar, a Delhi-based nutritionist.

The survey interviewed 3,038 affluent urban parents between 23-55 years across Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Chandigarh, Nagpur, Bhopal and Coimbatore to understand snacking habits among children aged 6-14 years.

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First Published: Fri, July 28 2017. 22:01 IST