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People Who Cook At Home Eat Healthier Food, Consume Fewer Calories

November 17, 2014: 12:00 AM EST
U.S. researchers who analyzed data from a recent National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey found that people who cook at home a lot tend to eat healthier and consume fewer calories than those who cook less. The data came from questionnaires answered by more than 9,000 participants aged 20 and older about what they ate during a 24-hour period. The eight percent who cooked dinner once or less a week consumed 2,301 total calories, 84 grams of fat and 135 grams of sugar. The forty-eight percent who cooked dinner six to seven times a week consumed 2,164 calories, 81 grams of fat and 119 grams of sugar on an average day.
Julia A Wolfson & Sara N Bleich, "Is cooking at home associated with better diet quality or weight-loss intention? ", Public Health Nutrition, November 17, 2014, © Cambridge University Press
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