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Cooking at Home Best for Your Diet

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The more time you spend in the kitchen preparing, cooking, and cleaning up from meals, the more healthful your diet is likely to be. In phone surveys of 1,319 adults, those who reported spending two or more hours a day in the kitchen ate fruit 8.4 times per week and vegetables 13.6 times per week, compared with 6.1 and 10.6 times, respectively, for those who reported spending less than an hour on home-prepared meals. Participants who most often cooked at home spent less money on restaurants and were nearly two times less likely to eat fast food once a week.
Source: American Journal of Preventive Medicine, published online Sept. 18, 2014