What Are the Benefits of Cooking?


One study found that roughly 43% of the people surveyed don’t cook at all and 28% of total daily calories come from outside the home supply. Meaning a reliance on restaurants or ready meals. Cooking can be time-intensive, which is one reason many people decide to eat out so often at the restaurants Roanoke has or somewhere closer. Many of the foods you get in restaurants can be hard to replicate at home as well, another reason people tend to eat out. However, investing the time to cook can pay significant health dividends.

The Studies:

One study out of Cambridge found that elderly participants who cooked up to 5x a week were 47% more likely to be alive 10 years later! Benefits still held when controlling for factors like gender, age, sickness and marital status. A major reason for the longevity benefit is that cooking has been shown to improve what people eat. Another study found that people who cooked most of their meals at home consumed less carbohydrates, sugar, fat and calories than those who ate out more often. Other mechanisms that could explain the health benefits of cooking are: greater awareness of nutrients in food (people who cook often also eat less calories when they eat out) and the light intensity activity performed when cooking and cleaning. People tend to become more creative in their personalities and it can improve mental health because the satisfaction after cooking makes us feel good. Even if it is just a new type of cheese sauce for broccoli cheese, that’s the first step to experimenting in the kitchen.


Do your best to cook more often. If need be consider purchasing some new cooking appliances and tools that can reduce the hassles of cooking. For instance, if you feel that cooking on a traditional stove is slowing down the entire process, you may consider purchasing propane-fueled cooktops, as they are able to provide instant heat and accurate temperature control, allowing users to adjust from boiling to simmering in seconds. Because propane provides even heat over the bottom of pots and pans, there are fewer hot spots that can scorch sauces or burn the tops of cakes and casseroles. That said, if you are worried about propane delivery, then be at ease as you can get the fuel delivered at your doorsteps simply by contacting companies similar to Nelson Propane Gas Inc.

Anyway, remember that if you don’t currently cook at all, finding healthy recipes online or buying a cookbook could be a great way to start. You might even want to consider signing up for some cooking classes. You can learn more about a wide range of cooking classes by taking a look at some of the resources on the CocuSocial website. Plus cooking can be fun. Many people find it relaxing and the effort you put into it makes you appreciate the meal more. Also, it’s less expensive than eating out all the time!


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Wolfson, Julia A., and Sara N. Bleich. “Is cooking at home associated with better diet quality or weight-loss intention?.” Public health nutrition (2014): 1-10.