Discover the power of food
This is the invitation launched by the campaign of Nutrition Month: discover the power of food. And it is an opportunity to become aware of how much food can contribute to our daily lives and to make them key allies in our efforts to maintain good health and healthy lifestyles.
The power to feed
Eating means giving our body, through healthy and varied foods, everything it needs to maintain a good level of energy and allow us to carry out our daily activities. And to do this, there is a growing emphasis on the importance of preparing homemade meals.
Did you know that
- Home cooking is an excellent way to promote the consumption of healthy foods while controlling the presence of fat, sugar and salt in our dishes.
- Home cooking allows you to prepare tasty meals, adapted to the tastes of family members.
- Parents play a crucial role in their children’s food choices and attitudes towards food.
- Good eating habits are established very early in life, often before the age of 5.
The power to discover
Food has the power to take us elsewhere, to make us travel and discover new flavours. By cooking them in different ways, they introduce us to new pleasures.
It is also a power that can be offered to children by encouraging them to get involved in the culinary world and prepare dishes that they will be proud of and want to share. It is to encourage their autonomy, their curiosity, their creativity.
Opening the doors of the kitchen to children allows them to explore different flavours and textures, improve their cooking skills and, from there, acquire healthy eating habits for life.
Asking the child to find a new recipe to try with the family and involving them in the preparation of the meal is a great way to increase their sense of pride and independence.
Did you know that
- Parents play a crucial role in their children’s food choices and attitudes towards food
- Family meals provide an opportunity to expose children to a variety of foods and positive role models (you!)
- Encouraging children from an early age to shop, cook and prepare food can help them adopt healthy habits that will last a lifetime.*
- A good way to teach children about food is to let them shop and cook with you.
The power to gather
Sharing meals and cooking with family and friends allows you to exchange, share and build relationships. No matter what time of day it is, the joy of gathering your loved ones around a good table can be experienced not only at dinner time but also at breakfast or lunchtime. A power to be cultivated at any time of the day.
Did you know that
- Several studies show a positive relationship between the frequency of family meals and the adoption of healthy eating habits and the well-being of children and adolescents
- Family meals provide an opportunity to expose children to a variety of foods and positive role models.
- A positive and pleasant atmosphere, without television, where parents and children eat around the table, helps to develop healthy eating habits.
- Children who eat as a family have a more nutritious diet, do better in school and are at reduced risk of overweight and eating disorders. It is also an opportunity for them to consume more fruits and vegetables and less sweetened drinks.
- Teens who eat with their families have better school results and are less likely to smoke, take drugs or get into serious fights.*
- Adults who eat with friends and family tend to eat more vegetables and fruit, drink less soft drinks, visit fast food restaurants less often and have a lower body mass index*.