Why dine out when you can cook at home? Maybe because dining out is convenient, delicious, and the possibility of burning down the house is minimal.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 90% of Indians are surpassing the FDA recommends a daily intake of sodium (more than 2,400 milligrams per day).
Where are we consuming all this salt? The vast majority of our intake comes from restaurants and processed foods. Excessive consumption of salt can lead to high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, stomach cancer and more.
Portion sizes served at restaurants aren’t doing our health any favors either. Portions have grown by 138% since the 1970s; at the same time, obesity in America has risen as well. Obesity can lead to poor health including diseases such as Type 2 diabetes and coronary heart disease, as well as an increase in bad cholesterol, some cancers and much more.
There is good news! You have the power to be your own chef! When you cook at home, you take control of your health. You call the shots on your food selection, sodium intake, and portion size; significantly reducing your risk of health issues.
The Undeniable Health And Social Benefits Of Eating Home-Cooked Meals
There’s no denying the fact that cooking at home more often will have a positive effect on your pocketbook. If that’s not incentive enough for you to start making more meals at home, Folks.com have found five other benefits — health and social — to eating home-cooked meals. From reducing your carbon footprint to living a longer life, getting out your pots and pans is obviously a better idea than reaching for the take-out menu.
Cooking at home also has financial benefits. Currently, U.S. adults devote a third of their spendings on meals prepared away from home. This can be reduced simply by picking up those kitchen utensils and putting them to good use.
Cooking at home saves money.
What better reason is there for you to start cooking at home other than the fact that it saves you money?
If the average bill per person for one meal at a casual restaurant is Rs200-500and you eat out five times a week, your dinner bill for one month would be $275. For the same amount, you can probably shop for healthy, cheap raw ingredients that you can cook as delicious meals at home.
When eating out, you would have to dress up, use up gas on the car to visit a local restaurant, spend money on tips and the meal itself – you are actually spending more than what you have to. Doing this too frequently will definitely take its toll on your budget. If you would like to save some serious money, spend your food money wisely by cooking every meal you’re consuming.
You’ll see immediate savings when cooking at home, but the long-term savings are associated with your healthcare costs. As we know, cooking at home can lead to a healthier lifestyle, which in turn can result in lower medical expenses. According to Bankrate.com, health- and work-related expenses for an obese woman cost $4,789 more than a woman of average weight; for an obese man, it would cost $2,646 more than a man of average weight.
So save the option of dining out for special occasions. If you cook at home more often, you might be able to afford to really splurge when going out!