People who grow their own fruits and vegetables are apt to eat them, but a study finds that community gardeners may have an edge over home gardeners when it comes to consuming more fresh produce.
A study in this month's issue of the American Journal of Public Health surveyed 436 adult men and women in Denver over the course of a year about their gardening habits and how they felt about the community in which they lived. They were also quizzed about how many fruits and vegetables they ate per day and regular physical activity.
A little more than half of people (57%) said they gardened, but more did it at home (48%) than in community gardens (9%).
But 56% of those community gardeners ate fruits and vegetables at least five times a day, versus 37% of people who tended to their flora at home and 25% of nongardenders. Eating more fruits and vegetables was also linked with being more socially involved and having a higher opinion of neighborhood aesthetics.