You are what you eat -- but the "how" matters, as well.
A new study published Monday in the Canadian Medical Association Journal shows that the way preschoolers eat is as important to their future health as the type of foods they consume.
Researchers looked at factors like weight and cholesterol as well as eating habits in children ages three to five.
The children who did not eat a variety of healthy foods were more likely to develop precursors for later heart problems.
The study suggests that parents provide children with easy access to healthy foods and to teach them to follow internal cues -- not directions from parents or cues from the television -- when deciding how much to eat.