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Children who regularly eat homegrown produce eat more than twice as much fruits and veggies than children who seldom eat those homegrown good-for-you foods, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association.
Study researchers also found that children who grow up eating homegrown produce enjoy the taste of fruits and veggies more than other foods and that people who grow up with gardens have better access to a variety of produce.
Gardening helps to create a "positive food environment," say study experts.
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When Produce is Homegrown, Kids Eat Better
Dr. Diet weighs in:
I really enjoyed this study that gives us insight on ways to improve the eating habits of both our children and ourselves.
If you're someone who loves to garden and grow your own produce, this study should make you feel very good about how gardening translates into healthier eating for your family members.
However, if growing your own produce is not realistic for you, you can still find ways to create a more "positive food environment" for you and your family. Here are some ideas:
-- Make apple-picking a regular family outing each Fall
-- Support your local Farmer's Markets
-- Consider growing your own herbs
-- Discuss developing a school garden as a community project
-- Start a garden club in your community
-- Involve your children in cooking healthy meals
-- Make snack time fun, allowing your children and their friends to enjoy fruit and veggie snacks with a favorite dip
And remember that the more healthy foods are around the home, the more likely children will develop a preference for them. So, just telling your child to eat healthier is not the same as having cut-up fruits and veggies ready at their eye level as easy-to-grab snacks!