How home cooking can keep you healthy
We all know fresh is best when it comes to our diet. However as
our lives get busier, time spent in the kitchen is on the decline.
With this comes an increased intake of pre-prepared, packaged and
convenience foods and the unknowing consumption of a diet high in
added sugar, fat and salt. So how do we combat this increasing
A recent Roy Morgan Research poll has revealed that a person's
cooking skills appear to be linked to their enjoyment of food in
general, and suggested that people who like to cook, eat healthier
food compared to those who would rather clean the dishes.
Credentialled Diabetes Educator and Dietitian, Michelle Tong
says 'it's important for children in particular to learn how to
cook healthy meals from a young age and establish healthy habits
Cooking and nutrition interventions targeting school aged
children have been shown to improve nutrition knowledge, behaviours
and build self-confidence. Interventions targeting children can
also result in positive flow on effects to the child's family and
leads to healthier meals being prepared in the home.
The benefits of home cooked meals, including
eating meals together as a family, is associated with higher
nutritional quality including an increased consumption of fruits
and vegetables and a lower consumption in total energy, fat, sugar
and sodium. This is compared to meals purchased outside of the
'Teach the children young in a supportive learning
environment and capitalize on their interest in learning'
Michelle says. So it seems the old adage 'Knowledge is power' is
definitely true when it comes to the younger ones and their skills
in the kitchen.
Editor's note: Diabetes Queensland is currently recruiting
schools to participate in their fun filled, action packed high
school cooking program,
Need For Feed. This program is available for students in years
7 to 10 in public and private schools across Queensland. For more
information call Tegan McIntosh, Health Promotion Officer on 1300
136 588 or email firstname.lastname@example.org