DALLAS (AP) - Teaching children from a young age to eat a low-fat diet can work, even as they reach their teens and begin eating more meals away from home.
The study is in the Dallas-based American Heart Association journal -- Circulation.
Details are in a study of children in Finland.
Those who were taught to focus on healthy fats like in fish, nuts, seeds and oils from plants had slightly lower cholesterol levels, compared to those on unrestricted diets.
The researchers have been following the nearly 1,100 children since the age of seven months.
The new study reported the results on the children at age 14.
Dr. Sarah Blumenschein with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas says the research shows early intervention is the key to maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
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