In addition to being great exercise and promoting a sustainable lifestyle, gardening may also encourage vegetable consumption, according to researchers at Texas A&M University and Texas State University.
In an online survey of people aged 50 and up, it was revealed that those who gardened regularly ate more vegetables, regardless of how much time they spent with their hands in the dirt or what varieties of produce they grew.
Moreover, the participants who attained their daily intake of fresh produce were not necessarily lifelong gardeners.
“This suggests that gardening intervention programs late in life would be an effective method of boosting vegetable and fruit consumption in older adults,” said co-author Tina Waliczek.
The findings also imply that a person can gain the benefits of gardening even if he or she is restricted in mobility.
The team of scientists conducted the research in light of findings that many older Americans are not getting adequate nutrition, in part due to a lack of fresh fruits and vegetables in their diets.
The researchers used self-reported data of more than 260 participants to reach their conclusions.