A new study shows that children who electronically pre-order their lunch are more likely to make healthier meal choices than students who pick and choose as they go through the cafeteria line.
For the study, which was published in the journal JAMA Pediatrics, researchers from Cornell University looked at the choices made by 272 students from two schools in New York. The four-week study focused on students in grades 1 through 5. When the students pre-ordered their lunches, 29% were more likely to pick a healthier main course, compared to 15% when there was no pre-order option.
Researchers say that pre-ordering lunch can help prevent distractions like sights and smells from influencing kids’ decisions and leading them to make unhealthy meal choices.
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