Time Preparing Meals Linked to Healthier Diet
Saturday, March 14, 2015 01:35 PM

Time may be one of the most essential ingredients for a healthy diet, finds new research in the American Journal of Preventative Medicine.  Spending more time at home preparing meals is associated with several indicators of a better diet, such as eating more fruits and vegetables. Conversely, spending less than an hour a day preparing food at home is associated with eating more fast food and spending more money eating out.

The findings are based on responses from 1,319 adults. Participants answered questions about how many hours a day they averaged preparing and cooking food and cleaning up after meals. They also reported on food consumption and spending, as well as use of restaurants. About 16 percent of participants said they spent less than one hour a day on meal preparation. About 43 percent reported spending between one and two hours per day on meal preparation, while 41 percent said they spent more than two hours a day.

Employment outside the home was associated with fewer hours spent preparing meals. "This study reinforces what previous studies and nutrition practice tells us: that time is commonly reported as a barrier to healthy eating. Besides time and cost, people often don't feel confident about their ability to prepare healthy meals."

Source:  http://www.chiroeco.com/news/chiro-article.php?id=15669&catid=1&title=article