Family meals boost vegetable consumption
The family that eats together eats healthier together, at least their children do. A study published in the inaugural issue of the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health found that children in families that eat even a few meals together each week eat more fruits and vegetables than children in families that never eat meals together.
There are several reasons for this. One is that the content of family meals tend to include more fruits and vegetables. But, mostly, the children were encouraged to eat more fruits and vegetables simply because they observed their parents and siblings eating fruits and vegetables. Eventually, eating a good dose of fruits and vegetables becomes a natural part of each meal.
And it’s not just the kids who benefit; adults who make family meals a priority tend to eat healthier and more nutritious diets as well, though the amount of vegetables the parents eat has a direct relation to how many fruits and vegetables their children eat.