The taste and authenticity of a home cooked meal can’t be beaten by a restaurant often times and that is a good thing according to a new study. Researchers at Johns Hopkins University have revealed that people who cook meals at home frequently eat healthier and consume fewer calories compared to those who regularly dine out.
“When people cook most of their meals at home, they consume fewer carbohydrates, less sugar and less fat than those who cook less or not at all – even if they are not trying to lose weight,” says Julia A. Wolfson, MPP, a CLF-Lerner Fellow at the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future and lead author of the study.
Another startling fact from the study is that for those who cook at home six-to-seven nights a week, consume fewer calories on the rare occasions they eat out.
The researchers analyzed survey data of more than 9,000 participants aged 20 and older. Wolfson and her team found that 8 percent of adults cooked dinner once or less a week and this group consumed an average of 2,301 total calories, 84 grams of fat and 135 grams of sugar a day. 48 percent of participants cooked dinner six to seven times a week and they consumed an average of 2,164 calories, 81 grams of fat and 119 grams of sugar a day.
Those who cooked at home also consumed fewer frozen meals and were less likely to choose fast foods on the occasions when they ate out, according to the researchers.
Yeah, cooking at home is definitely more work but at least you know what you’re putting into your body. You don’t have to go completely cold turkey on dining out, but try thinking about going out as more of a special occasion.
What are some of your favorite home cooked meals?