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Young children who regularly eat homegrown produce consume more than twice as many fruits and vegetables than kids whom seldom eat garden-grown foods.

A team at the Saint Louis University Medical Center interviewed about 1,600 parents of preschool-aged children in Missouri and found that children who grew up eating homegrown produce prefered the taste of fruits and vegetables to other foods.

Debra Haire-Joshu, director of the university's Obesity Prevention Center, explained, "It was a simple, clear finding. Whether a food is homegrown makes a difference. Garden produce creates what we call a 'positive food environment.'"

The team established that parents with gardens could provide access to a greater variety of produce. When children saw their parents eating fresh fruits and vegetables, they were more likely to develop a taste for the foods.

Researchers believe that parents should plant a garden or encourage their children’s schools to do so in order to promote healthy eating.

"When children are involved with growing and cooking food, it improves their diet," Haire-Joshu said. "Students at schools with gardens learn about math and science, and they also eat more fruits and vegetables. Kids eat healthier, and they know more about eating healthy. It's a winning and low-cost strategy to improve the nutrition of our children at a time when pediatric obesity is an epidemic problem."

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@ 4:33pm ET on May 19, 2007
Of course they eat more fruits and vegetables, especially if they are helping to plant and weed and pick and water them. That burns calories, you actually have to get up off the couch and bend and stretch and pull and push things! Why is anyone surprised? Wonder if I can get a grant to determine if children who have chores are actually more likely to go outside and play to avoid them, thus decreasing childhood obesity??? LOL


@ 8:07pm ET on May 19, 2007
I sure worked for me... the first thing I learned as a wee small child was never tell mom or dad 'I'm bored' their response was not to buy me a new game, take me shopping, buy me ANYTHING.. it was to find me some chores to do! believe me, edging the lawn by hand with a paring knife prevents you from EVER saying you are bored...


@ 8:10pm ET on May 19, 2007
My children had the same experience, well except for the lawn, but there were many, many other anti-boredom jobs in my house!!! LOL


@ 1:43pm ET on May 20, 2007
Of corse when the food is there they will eat more of it! Goodness knows a family who makes it importiant to have a garden is also going to make eating fruits and veggies importiant. The fact is familys often buy very little fruits and veggies! And steffy and breezy you guys always make me laugh!

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