(NaturalNews) In an effort to encourage kids to eat more of nature's cleansing and nourishing foods, fruits and vegetables, schools are participating in growing programs, and finding that kids are more apt to try foods that they grow and prepare themselves.
"In a new study released in the March/April 2013 issue of the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, researchers found that growing and then cooking the foods that kids grew increased their willingness to try new foods."
The result of this study is worth considering making some food changes at home.
Of course, if you, as a parent do not eat right, don't expect that your children will, but if you do, what a great project to try at home.
With continued uncertainty in what is really in our foods, and with companies exploiting the "organic" loophole by allowing heavy metals, now more than ever people should consider growing foods at home.
And if this is what it would take to get children to eat more healthy foods, which can very well prevent the very diseases that unhealthy foods are creating, i.e. diabetes, cancers, etc., then turn off Blues Clues and gets some soil and some seeds and start a "growing" project at home.
Naturally, there is a learning curve for many people to achieve this. However, books can be purchased, or specialists can be brought in for hands-on demonstrations.
The schools brought in a garden specialist for 45 minutes of garden class. Cooking specialists were brought in for 90 minutes per week.
Running a free Kijiji ad can likely find someone locally to hire. Not worth it? What is the value of a child's health? A lot more than the weekly costs to hire experts I'm sure. Most people would be happy to work for $20-$40 per hour in this economy, some for even less.
Granted, in addition to salads, the study had the children preparing pastries, bread, pasta, and desserts, because everyone has a different opinion of what "healthy" food is. Perhaps green smoothies, green juices, and inventive salads can be the focus in the home.
About the author: A science enthusiast with a keen interest in health nutrition, Antonia has been intensely researching various dieting routines for several years now, weighing their highs and their lows, to bring readers the most interesting info and news in the field. While she is very excited about a high raw diet, she likes to keep a fair and balanced approach towards non-raw methods of food preparation as well.
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