J Acad Nutr Diet 2022 Jan 10. Epub 2022 Jan 10.
Assistant Professor, Department of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences, Milken Institute School of Public Health, The George Washington University, 950 New Hampshire Avenue NW, Suite 200, Washington, DC 20052.
Background: It is recommended that children under 6 years old avoid sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs), yet 25% of toddlers and 45% of preschool-aged children consume SSBs on a given day, with the highest intakes reported among Hispanic and African American children.
Objective: To investigate characteristics that predominantly low-income Hispanic and African American parents perceive to reflect a healthy beverage, and examine the influence of these characteristics on parents' perceptions of the beverages they provide to their young children.
Design: This study consisted of two activities: a qualitative activity where parents (n=102) were asked to report what characteristics they perceive to reflect a healthy beverage and a quantitative activity where parents (n=96) indicated the extent to which each of the reported characteristics influence parents' perceptions of the beverages they provide to their young children. Read More