Family Meals and Nutrition
Research shows that families who regularly eat together are more likely to consume more fruits, vegetables, grains and calcium-rich foods.
While many may think the traditional ideal of a family gathered for dinner is a memory of a bygone era, Welch's Kitchen Table Report found that 71% of respondents say their families eat dinner together as often as or more today than their families did when they were children. Moreover, 84% of respondents say that one of their favorite parts of the day is when their family eats together.
"Parents are making mealtimes a priority in order to share a moment with their children," commented registered dietitian and Welch's Health and Nutrition Advisory Panel member, Sarah-Jane Bedwell. "That's good news because research has shown an association between regular family meals and improved family nutrition."
Despite all this good news, the modern American family still faces challenges that impact family mealtime. Four in 10 survey respondents cite the lack of time to cook meals, especially healthy meals, as a top barrier to family mealtimes.