Children Who Garden Eat Five Times More Veggies

A new study shows that a little green thumb equals a greener plate.


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According to a study conducted by Ohio State and Cornell universities, children are five times more likely to eat vegetables when they have grown it themselves. At a school in upstate New York, researchers monitored what 370 students put on their plates during lunch. They determined that when children grew the vegetables they could eat, the number of kids who opted for salad jumped from 2 percent to 10 percent. This information, coupled with another recent study that found children who had tactile interaction with their food were more likely to eat it, shows that healthy eating habits start early and are formed through physical engagement with food.