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Repost :: Cook at home for fewer calories

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Cooking at home can lead to consuming fewer calories and healthier foods, according to a new study from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Research.

“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.

Surpringly, the study also found those who cook at home six or seven nights per week tend to eat less when they do go out to dinner.

Co-authors Wolfson and Sara N Bleich, PhD, an associate professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Bloomberg School, examined the responses to a questionnaire filled out by 9000 US-based participants with a minimum age of 20.

Eight percent of them cooked dinner once or even less per week and they consumed an average of 2301 calories, 84 grams of fat and 135 grams of sugar per day.

Forty-eight percent of survey respondents cooked dinner six to […]