(WVUE/FOX) - If a little sugar and fat helps kids eat their veggies, a leading group of pediatricians calls that a good trade-off.
New recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics emphasize the importance of introducing kids to a wide variety of whole foods.
And to do that, they say parents may need to add sugar or fats to make them more appealing.
Study authors say while there has been progress in improving the nutritional quality of meals and snacks available in U.S. schools over the past decade, more work needs to be done in revamping American children's overall diet.
The recommendations state if the only milk a young child will drink is flavored milk, the extra sugar may be worth it as long as the child's overall diet doesn't contain too much sugar.
The new guidelines are published online in the journal "Pediatrics."