My daughter-in-law doesn’t seem to recognize the benefits of eating fruits and vegetables for herself or her family. How can I get her to use them?
Many factors influence the use of different foodstuffs. Such factors transcend mere statements as to relative benefits. The determinants of health extend into an individual’s background, the community and region where they live, and perceptions.
An interesting study in North Carolina, United States, that surveyed more than 2,479 adults—many of whom were overweight—found a complex web of underpinning beliefs and behaviors. Barriers to eating fruits and vegetables include food preferences perhaps built up in childhood, fatigue of taste buds for certain foods, stress, and a lack of meal planning. A person’s health status, age, or financial capability also may affect the daily ideal consumption of five or more fruits and vegetables a day.
It helps if home gardens or low-cost foods at farm stands are available, and childhood exposure to fruits and vegetables is very important.
If you find it difficult to influence your daughter-in-law, be aware that the resistance also could be a result of your efforts to change her habits or a perception of “interference.” Instead, when the grandchildren come to your house, make “fantastic” fruit delights in order to entice them to eat delicious berries, fruits, and veggies. Always buy good quality produce, and make the dishes palatable. Example rather than promotion is more persuasive.