Here at Gastrokid we’ve long preached the benefits of eating together as a family (saving the world one family meal at a time is our unofficial motto).
So it’s good to see that now we have science on our side. Researchers from the University of Minnesota recently looked at the effect of TV dinners on children’s diets and were surprised to find that watching TV didn’t adversely affect diet. What made the difference was if the family ate together or not.
Writes the New York Times:
The research, published this month in The Journal of Nutrition
Education and Behavior, is the latest testament to the power of the
family meal. While many parents worry about what their kids are eating
— vegetables versus junk — a voluminous body of research suggests that
the best strategy for improving a child’s diet is simply putting food on the table and sitting down together to eat it.
But it probably also helps if you don’t turn your nose up at the Brussels’ sprouts.