According to a recent study in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association (now Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics), eating together as a family during adolescence is associated with lasting positive effects on dietary quality in young adulthood.
Frequency of family meals also predicts girls would eat breakfast as adults. Among boys, family meals predict higher intakes of calcium, magnesium, potassium and fiber as adults.
Family meals don’t need to be complicated or time-consuming — the key is eating together.
Post is from Monday Message of May 6, 2013; Nadine is a Kids Eat Right Volunteer