Jutta Mata, a professor of health psychology at the University of Mannheim, says, “This result is important for public health because eating one more serving of fruits and vegetables daily cuts the risk of cardiometabolic disease by 6 to 7 percent.” “For this to happen, there must be enough fruits and vegetables on the table — bite-sized pieces are best,” says the health psychologist.
In the study, 50 sets of parents and 50 children took part. In the study, the average age of the children was 8, and the average age of the parents was 43. There were the same number of boys and girls. The participants ate a normal German dinner of sliced bread, cold cuts, cheese, and bite-sized fruit and vegetables.
“One of the most important parts of a family meal that parents can change to help their kids eat better is how long it lasts. In a meta-analysis of studies examining the quality of healthy family meals, we had already found signs of this link. “In this new experiment, we were able to prove a relationship that was only correlative before,” says Ralph Hertwig, Director of the Max Planck Institute for Human Development’s Center for Adaptive Rationality.
The study also shows that kids didn’t eat more bread or cold cuts at longer family meals, and they didn’t eat more desserts either. Researchers think the bite-sized pieces of fruits and veggies were easier to eat and, therefore, more appealing.