There are numerous benefits to getting outside and planting a garden. First of all, not only will you be able to reap the benefits of your herbs, veggies and fruits in your own kitchen, but you’ll also be able to spend time in the great outdoors and away from screens and technology, which have worked their ways into almost every part of our lives. Gardening can even save you money on foods that would otherwise be expensive or hard to get at the supermarket.
These may appear to be the main reasons why people enjoy gardening and find it to be a worthwhile activity, but there may be one more reason too. It’s related to teaching children to garden.
New research from the University of Florida suggests that teaching children to garden and cultivate their own vegetables and fruits can help them to be healthier as they grow into young adults and adults.
The study specifically looked at college students who were taught to garden at a young age. Researchers examined how likely these students were to have healthy eating habits in college versus those college students who did not take part in gardening when they were young.
Overall, the study surveyed 1351 students at the University of Florida. In the end, it was found that those students who had been taught to garden as children ate approximately 15 percent more vegetables and fruits than those students who had never gardened when they were younger. This was true even when students were only eating at the dining hall and not preparing their own foods.
It seems that getting your hands dirty early on can be great for your health later in life. If you have children, consider cultivating their preference for homegrown vegetables and fruits, and you’ll see the benefits right now as well as down the line.