In todays high stress, high pressure society, home cooked meals have taken a back seat to fast foods and eating out. People are feeling that they just don’t have the time or just don’t want to go to the trouble of preparing meals at home. In fact, a study by researchers at Emory University has suggested that Americans eat fewer than 70 percent of their meals at home. But the trend is not a good one, there are many valuable reasons in favor of cooking meals at home.
One of the key reasons in favor of home cooking is simply because it’s healthier. Home cooking gives you control over what food you and your family are eating. Home cooking insures that only the freshest ingredients are being used.
Regularly preparing and eating healthy home cooked meals will give you and your family a greater appreciation for healthier food.
Cooking food at home is also far less expensive than going out all the time. Some may argue this point, but when taking nutritional intake and serving size into account, the savings are far greater with home cooked meals.
There is also the family unifying component that comes with home cooked meals. This is one of the most important attributes of cooking and eating at home. There is family meal time which can greatly improve the family dynamic which many feel is lacking these days. Children particularly benefit from the ritual of preparing and eating meals together. Children can also be taught healthy eating habits by eating at home.
There have been several studies conducted by the University of Michigan which found that eating meals at the dinner table is associated with fewer psychological issues and higher academic success in children and promoted sociability in the family.
There are no better memories than those often created while having a home cooked meal with the family.