Preparing Your Meals at Home IS The Healthier Choice
December 28, 2006
According to a new study, young adults who prepare their own meals generally have healthier diets than those who don't.
The study surveyed more than 1,700 men and women aged 18 to 23. The study found that women were generally more involved with food preparation.
Twenty-one percent of young men and 36 percent of young women buy fresh vegetables each week, and only 44 percent of the men made a dinner with chicken, fish or vegetables at least once a week, as opposed to 56 percent of the women. Thirteen percent of the men wrote a grocery list at least once a week, and 23 percent of the women did.Participants who cooked at home the most were less likely to eat fast food and more likely to eat nutritious meals. However, even among those who cooked at home frequently, only 31 percent consumed at least five daily servings of fruits and vegetables. Only 3 percent of those who did not prepare their own food did so.