- Family that eats together stays together.
- Food tastes better when shared.
- Sharing food and Socio-emotional health are interlinked.
- Shared food lowers the risk of obesity.
Good food and good conversation mean Good Home. Perhaps, this is why we all have dining tables at home. But, aren’t they becoming a showpiece only?
“Never eat alone because food tastes better when shared.” This was my grandmother’s tagline for the dinnertime. Now, we are busy doing nothing and instead of having dinner on dining tables, we now prefer to have our meal served in our rooms.
That need of having dinner together no longer exists? And, oppose my idea if you can; we are no longer enjoying the food. The idea of “summoning” the whole family at the dinner table may seem a daunting task, but researchers say it’s worth.
There are many medical research reports show that people who eat dinner with their families or groups often have a much smaller predisposition to smoke, consume alcohol or illegal drugs. Only this finding could be reason enough to share your meal, but the family dinner benefits do not stop there.
I must say, food become tastier if cooked as a family, served as a family, and enjoyed as a family. Making it a teamwork will be more likely having your lessons on responsibilities and accepting the result. It can offer you both psychological and health benefits.
Good Eating Habits
Eating together can bless you with good eating habits. Several studies conducted among students of different racial and socioeconomic backgrounds proved that kids whose families eat together eat more fruits and vegetables and less consume lesser junk food than those who do not take dinner with their families.
According to another study, people who eat with their families are also more likely to eat foods low in fat, significantly higher intake of dietary fiber, essential vitamins, and minerals.
Furthermore, such people are more likely to make healthy food choices on their own, when they are away from home. These habits if promoted at a young age, will help children in developing a healthy habit about food throughout life.
Eating food together open new ways of communication and can strengthening the family ties. When you share your meal with others, you spend time with them and spending time is a must for building good relationships.
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Communication helps in confidence building and without confidence, the decision making process becomes tougher. A warm, friendly atmosphere, many goodies on the table and your loved ones with you; what else one could expect from life.
Family meals is an opportunity to spend time together with other family members in a pleasant, warm, and relaxing atmosphere. Encourage positive comments during meals and adapt them to the needs of the family.
But, do keep in mind dining tables are okay for normal chitchat. One should restrain himself from making it a conference table; a platform to have debates on heated arguments.
Fewer Behavioral Problems
Researchers concluded that the importance of sharing food is closely related to the socio-emotional health of the person. It can positively influence a person’s performance in career and life, especially school and rest of the life.
Therefore, an important reason to take frequent family meals or shared meal is related to the influence that this habit has on the mental health.
Lower Risk of Obesity
Sociological research shows that adolescents or children who ate with the family three meals a week had a 12% lower risk of becoming overweight than other children.
“The family that eats together not apart,” says an English proverb. It sounds trivial, but the idea of gathering around a table, watching TV or having a chitchat, offer many advantages.
When it is about the meal, one should not only consider the nutritional factors, but the psychological factors as well. According to experts, “if you are not happy while eating your food that meal is worth a meal you never had; not going to make any difference to your health.”
No doubt, life is busy and we have ample of reasons to skip a family meal. But, if a practice can make you a better human being, then why not?