Eat at Home, Live Longer—But How?

A new study suggests that sitting down to a home-cooked meal at least five times a week improves life expectancy. Do you make time to cook, or end up eating out?

It's been a hard day at work, the kids are acting up and the chicken needs defrosting.

Do you stay the course and tussle over a hot oven to perform a miracle at the dining table? Or do you grab your keys and head out the door to one of Watsonvilles's many restaurants? After all, it's not a life-or-death decision, right?

Or is it?

People who eat a home-cooked meal at least five times a week have longer life expectancy than those who opt to eat out, according to a study published recently in Cambridge University's Public Health Nutrition journal.

The 10-year study of 1,888 men and women over age 65 in Taiwan showed that subjects who cooked at home frequently were 47 percent more likely to still be alive after 10 years. 

Dining at home is better for children, too, in a variety of ways, as the New York Daily News reports. Children are more likely to excel in school and foster healthy relationships when they have regular meals at the family table, according to research. They're also less likely to drink, smoke cigarettes, or dabble with marijuana.

So, how do you balance home cooking with a hectic lifestyle? Or overcome the temptation to order in, take out or be waited upon? Share your thoughts, ideas and quick-to-fix recipes in the comments below.

Daniel Williams May 29, 2012 at 06:00 AM
If your going to cook, be prepared to clean up the nice mess created enroute to the wonderful food. Or eat out!!!
T. P. May 29, 2012 at 03:09 PM
Slow-cookers or one-pot meals can provide less mess and more healthy meals. Or try cooking a large batch of food that can be used many ways throughout the week. With a little planning and elbow grease, our culture can change its eating habits and solve a variety of preventable issues, like shorter life expectancy, obesity, heart disease and certain cancers. Like anything worth doing, it takes effort - but it's worth it.
Jennifer Squires May 29, 2012 at 09:06 PM
I love making dinner at home! Maybe the longer life expectancy will balance out the time I spend doing dishes.


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