Home Cooking Can Be Healthier
Some of the latest research on healthy eating has shown that home cooking is better than restaurants, and that kids offered healthier foods in cafeterias rarely eat it.
One study found that people who ate the most home cooked meals ended up eating healthier and consuming around 130 fewer calories on average than those who didn’t. This was the result even when people were not specifically trying to loose weight because home cooked meals often contain less sugar, carbohydrates, fat, and processed food. The study saw the average calorie intake for those who cooked dinner six to seven times a week at 2,164 calories daily, compared to those who only had home-cooked food no more than once a week and had 2,301 calories per day.
Another study looked at K-2 aged school children that put vegetables on their plates in the cafeteria. They found that only one in four children actually ate the vegetables on their lunch trays. Approximately 60% of the kids chose vegetables but only 24% consumed them. Children were also more likely to finish their food when eating with their teachers.
This research shows the importance of the food choices we make, as well as the environment in which we eat.
Things you can do:
- Try eating your meals with friends and family.
- Make an effort to make dinner preparation a family event.
- Look at the health quality of the food you are eating.
- Find a place where you feel comfortable to enjoy your meals.
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Remember that this information is for educational purposes only. Seek the advice of a health specialist before making any changes to your healthcare.
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, news release, Nov. 17, 2014