Nutrition advice aimed at children also improves parents’ diets, according to research published today in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology | ScienceDaily
For the current study, parental dietary intake was assessed by a one-day food record biennially from the child’s age of nine to 19 years. Weight, height, blood pressure, serum lipids, glucose and insulin of the parents were measured repeatedly from the child’s age of seven months until 20 years.
The investigators found that the child-oriented dietary counselling increased the intake of polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats and decreased the saturated fat intake of intervention mothers and fathers compared to control parents between the child’s ages of nine and 19 years.
In addition, the child-oriented dietary counselling tended to decrease serum total and LDL concentrations in intervention mothers compared to control mothers. There was a similar trend in fathers but it was not statistically significant.