Have you ever wondered why you feel a little bit glum after a week of eating out, especially when it’s unhealthy takeaway foods? Well, there could be some science behind that feeling!
Research shows that people who cook at home have better indicators of health, healthier eating patterns, and spend less on takeaway.
A study in 160 adults looked at whether eating healthy foods prepared at home had any affect on their emotions. It was found that those who cooked at home felt more intense feelings of positivity and worried less, compared to those who ate more meals away from home. They were also more likely to choose healthier food for their next meals.
Research also shows that cooking and sharing meals with others can also be associated with greater feelings of happiness. In an experimental study with 47 children aged 6-10, it was found that they felt happier, and as a plus ate 76% more salad when they cooked with a parent, compared to when the parent would cook alone.
Not only does cooking at home make you feel good, it’ll also make your bank account happy! According to a Suncorp’s annual Cost of Food report, in 2019 (a pre-COVID world) Aussies spent a weekly average of:
$54 dining out
$22 barista coffee/ tea
$14 food delivery
Collectively, that’s $9 more per week than the average weekly grocery bill of $137!
The bottom line
While it may seem like a hassle to get in the kitchen after a long day, your body and mind will thank you for it! Share a meal with your significant other, invite over family and friends, or cook extra to take for lunch the next day.
If you’ve got kids, make sure to involve them in the process - it’ll give them the necessary skills for when they fly the nest and also create long lasting memories.
If you’re struggling for inspiration on what to cook next, check out our range of healthy, easy recipes.