Although there are some limitations to currently published research, most studies suggest that gardening projects increase fruit and vegetable consumption in children

In February 2017 researchers from the USA published their review of the medical and scientific literature to assess the effect of gardening to increase fruit and vegetable consumption in children. A total of 14 studies which assessed fruit and vegetable consumption among children aged 2 to 15 years before and after gardening projects in a school, community, or after-school setting were included in the review. Results showed that there was a significant increase in fruit or vegetable consumption following the implementation of a gardening project in 10 of the studies reviewed. However, many studies had a small number of individuals involved in the study and fruit and vegetable consumption was self-reported. However despite this most studies suggested that gardening projects can increase fruit and vegetable consumption in children.

Savoie-Roskos MR et al. Increasing Fruit and Vegetable Intake among Children and Youth through Gardening-Based Interventions: A Systematic Review. J Acad Nutr Diet. 2017 Feb;117(2):240-250.

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