The amount of time spent on food preparation and cooking may have implications for diet quality and health. However, little is known about how food-related time use relates to food consumption and spending, either at restaurants or for food consumed at home.
To quantitatively assess the associations among the amount of time habitually spent on food preparation and patterns of self-reported food consumption, food spending, and frequency of restaurant use.
What's the trick to healthy eating? I'm afraid there's no one magic ingredient, but if you view food consumption as part and parcel of a lifestyle that leads to health and well-being, a number of factors stand out that separates the proverbial wheat from the chaff.
For starters, you're more likely to eat a healthy diet if you carve out sufficient amounts of time for it. This could include any or all of the following:
- Growing your own food, and taking the time to tend your garden each week
- Culturing or fermenting fresh foods
- Preparing and cooking meals from scratch, using fresh, whole foods
- Eating at a leisurely pace, ideally together with friends and family. Although family meals are far from the norm these days, recent research suggests doing so can be important for your well-being.
Food Preparation Is an Indicator of Healthier Eating
According to one recent study, aptly titled: “Time …
More research is needed to understand how time availability figures into the preparation and consumption of healthy diets, but relatively few studies have accounted for time use generally or food-related time use in particular. The purpose of this study was to quantitatively explore the interplay between food-related time use, restaurant use, and indicators of a healthy diet. Further, little is known about the associations between time spent on cooking and food spending. The present study analyzed data from a population-based study of adults to test the hypothesis that more time spent preparing, cooking, and cleaning up from meals at home would be associated with healthier patterns of food consumption and fewer meals consumed away from home.
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