The benefits of the state at the table with the family at dinner are lost if the TV is turned on while eating, according to a US study of 1,300 families with preschool children. The family meal at dinner is also useful for children who, in this way, eat more fruits and vegetables. But the likelihood of eating fruit or vegetables decreases with each evening the TV is open during dinner, the same survey shows.
The health benefits of fruits and vegetables are well-known, with diets rich in such foods being associated with lowering the risk of heart disease and blood circulation, but also with preventing certain types of cancer, say American researchers. Previous studies have shown that, in the case of children who consume many fruits and vegetables during childhood, they are able to maintain healthy eating habits even in adulthood.
Read the whole article in: The Thought
April 19, 2007