Tradition of eating with family members is now increasingly rare due to limited time together. In fact, many positive things that can you can spend time with family dinners. Here are 8 reasons why this activity should be pursued every day:
1. Children can learn to love vegetables. A 2000 survey showed that children aged 9-14 years who are accustomed to eating dinner with the family more frequently eating fruits and vegetables instead of drinking soda and eating-fried foods. “Family Dinner also allows parents and children establish a nutrition-related communication and healthy food choices,” said Matthew W. Gillman, MD, lead researcher and director of the survey Obesity Prevention Program of the Harvard Medical School.
2. Introducing new foods. Family dinner is a perfect opportunity for parents to introduce their children to a variety of food and expand the child’s appetite.
In a 2003 study in European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, children are offered a few pieces of sweet red peppers and researchers assess how much they liked it. This was done for eight days. After that, they were again invited to eat as many peppers as they want. The result, at the end of the experiment, the level of consumption is much higher peppers and more.
“You can teach children to enjoy new foods, even if they do not like at first,” said the researcher. » Read more..