According to a study from the University of Guelph, genetic variation in taste receptors may influence snacking patterns of preschoolers. Snacking is a substantial source of calories in preschoolers’ diets. In this study, some children with certain genotypes consumed snacks with significantly more calories from sugar, and these snacks were consumed mostly in the evening. Perhaps knowing the children’ genotype can help parents make better decisions related to buying healthier snacks and best times for snacking during the day.

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