The tradition of eating with family members is now increasingly rare due to lack of time together. In fact, a lot of 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 survey in 2000 showed that children aged 9-14 years who are accustomed to eating dinner with the family more often eat fruits and vegetables instead of drinking soda and eating food fried. “Family dinner also allows parents and children to establish communication related to nutrition and healthy food choices,” said Matthew W. Gillman, MD, lead researcher and director of the survey of the Obesity Prevention Program at Harvard Medical School.
2. Introducing new foods. Family dinner is the perfect opportunity for parents to introduce their children a variety of foods and expand child’s appetite.
In a 2003 study in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, the 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 again invited to eat as much as they want peppers. As a result, at the end of the experiment, the level of consumption is much higher peppers and more.
“You can teach kids to enjoy new foods, even if they do not like at first,” said the researchers.
3. Control your portions. Research has shown, Americans spent more than 40 percent of their budgets to eat the food eaten outside the home. In fact, meals outside the home has high calories and servings are much larger. The average restaurant meal has 60 percent more calories than homemade food. Studies show that when people are given more food, he would eat more so that may have led to the increase in waist size.
4. Healthy food means healthy children. Research shows that children who eat with family tend to avoid the various problems, such as depression, suicide, and eating disorders. They are also more likely to abstain from sex. When a child is feeling sad or depressed, dinner with family can be a solution. “This is especially true for children with eating disorders,” said Dianne Neumark-Sztainer, PhD, a professor at the University of Minnesota of Public Health.
5. Eating dinner together helps kids “just say no”. Family dinner at least five times a week drastically lowers a child’s desire to smoke, drink alcohol, and drugs. Teens who get less than three family dinners a week 3.5 times more likely to abuse drugs, three times more likely to use marijuana, more than 2.5 times to be smokers, and 1.5 times more likely to become abusers alcohol. Similarly, according to the CASA report.
6. Healthy food, good exam results. The teens who eat with family less than 3 times in a week, according to the CASA report, 20 percent more likely to get a grade of C. Family dinner will provide an opportunity for children to have conversations with people who are more mature. Family dinners can also indirectly increase the child’s vocabulary.
7. Be a stress reliever. Believe it or not, if you have a tough job, so finding time for dinner with the family can make your stress decreases. In 2008, researchers at Brigham Young University conducted a study of workers and found evidence that family meals can help reduce tension caused by stress at work.
8. More efficient. Dinner with the family in addition to improving communication between parents and children, without realizing it also directs you to downsize. Imagine how much money you have to spend if snacks outside every day.
By eating together, going to wake up together. And the opportunity to use the scene of a family member to share the experience. “If done consistently over a period of development, will be the provider of health care and education for the youth,” said the findings, published in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior that.
The researchers examined data from Project EAT, a study that examined the socio-economic, personal, and behaviors that affect the eating habits of nearly 400 children. All the children who were interviewed, completed questionnaires when they were 12 to 13 years, and five years later.
Found, during the first 10 years, 60 percent of children regularly eat with their families, while 30 percent do so during adolescence alone.
In addition, children who eat five or more times each week with his family, both during the early and middle adolescence, tend to eat more healthy foods and vegetables are rich in calcium, fiber, and minerals five years later.