The family that eats together… eats healthily!

New research shows that eating meals as a family improves children's eating habits - even if it only happens once or twice a week.
 
Healthy eating guidelines worldwide recommend children to eat five portions of fruit and vegetables per day - about 400g and this study found those who always ate together achieved this.
 
Study investigators found that 656 families in London said they always ate meals together at a table, 768 sometimes did, while 92 families never did so. Children in the "always" group ate five portions of fruit and vegetables (F&V), compared with 4.6 in the "sometimes" group and 3.3 in the "never". Seeing parents eat fruit and vegetables - and cutting up portions for children both boosted their intake. Authors concluded that eating a family meal together regularly could increase children's F&V intake and help them achieve the recommended intake. safefood funded research also found that children ate more vegetables if they were served more than one type at a meal.
 
Dr. Cliodhna Foley-Nolan tells us why family meals matter.


 

Posted: 20/12/2012 11:21:01 by Emily Kelleher


 

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