Research links gardening and vegetable consumption

A study conducted at Texas A&M suggests that older adults tend to eat more vegetables if they maintain an active garden.

Researchers have noted that poor nutrition is a contributing factor to mortality and morbidity in elderly patients, with numbers comparable to deaths due to cigarette smoking. More than half of the elderly population of the United States does not receive the recommended five daily servings of fruits and vegetables.

“Our results support previous studies that indicated gardeners were more likely to consume vegetables when compared with nongardeners,” author Tina Waliczek said. “Interestingly, these results were not found with regard to fruit consumption.” Results also indicated no clear link between the amount of time a subject had been gardening and an increased consumption of vegetables.

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One tablespoon of Catie’s Organic Greens from Dr. Newton’s Naturals contains the equivalent of seven daily servings of green vegetables, which may lead to increased energy and vitality, better oxygen transportation throughout the body and an improved immune system.

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