Family Time: Study shows eating dinner together is healthierResearchers at Rutgers recently evaluated results from 68 previously published scientific reports that analyzed the association between children's health and family mealtime.
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Researchers at Rutgers recently evaluated results from 68 previously published scientific reports that analyzed the association between children's health and family mealtime. They looked at how the atmosphere or frequency of family meals correlated with the consumption of healthy foods versus unhealthy foods. In addition, the more a family ate together, the less children consumed dietary components thought to be harmful to health.
Additional studies showed that:
* Supper can be a stress reliever for working moms. A 2008 Brigham Young University study of IBM workers found that sitting down to a family meal helped working moms reduce the tension and strain from long hours at the office.
* The family dinner table is a great setting for getting kids to try new foods. A 2003 study ain the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition showed that more exposure to new foods will teach kids to like different foods. Frequent family dinners provide the perfect opportunity to introduce a variety of healthy foods.
* It's more budget-friendly to gather around the dinner table for a meal. The average cost for a meal in your kitchen is approximately $4.50 per person versus $8 per person outside the home. Do the math –– eating in is better for your budget.