raisins imagesEating raisins or dried grapes, as an after-school snack curbs calorie intake and promotes a feeling of fullness as compared to other snacks, says a study. The study was conducted by the university of Toronto amongĀ  a group of boys and girls aged eight to 11 years during a three month timeframe. Participants were randomly assigned to eat raisins or other snacks, including grapes, potato chips or chocolate chip cookies, until they were full. Each child received the same standardized breakfast, morning snacks and lunch on test days. Subjective appetite was measured before and immediately after-snack consumption at 15-minute intervals. Key study findings include:

Grapes, potato chips and cookies resulted in 56 per cent, 70 per cent and 108 per cent higher calorie intake compared to raisins, respectively. Cumulative calorie intake (breakfast+ morning snack+ lunch+ after-school snack) was 10 per cent to 19 per cent lower after raisins. Although all snacks reduced subjective appetite, desire-to-eat was lowest after consuming raisins.This is the first controlled study that looks at after-school snacking and satiety among children, said prof G Harvey Anderson. Consumption of raisins as a snack prevented excessive calories intake, increased the feeling of fullness and thereby may help maintain healthy weight in school-age children, he added.

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