Live longer, cook at home

Tuesday, 3 July 2012

Live longer, cook at homeAccording to a recent study published in Cambridge University’s Public Health Nutrition journal, people who cook at home five or more days each week are almost 50% more likely to live 10 years longer than those who eat restaurant food for most of their meals.

Over the course of 10 years, researchers followed the eating habits of 1 888 test subjects over the age of 65, and even controlled for other factors that can affect longevity like gender and health factors.

Researchers think that not only were home cooks eating healthier, but the act of shopping for food and cooking itself helped keep them well.

The South African Sugar Association shares some of their tips for making home cooking simple and practical.

TIPS

• Involve your family in cooking and shopping. It makes the whole experience more pleasurable, you will get to spend quality time with your family and your fussy eater will probably show more interest in eating food they helped to prepare.

• Cook for leftovers. Stews, casseroles and curries freeze very well. Cook in bulk, separate into portion sizes and freeze.

• Have tinned pureed tomatoes, tinned beans for a quick meal.

• Cook basmati rice in place of normal rice. Basmati rice cooks quicker and is healthier too!

• Fish and chicken need minutes to prepare and are a healthier option to red meat, which takes longer to cook.

• Have the right tools. Invest in a sharp knife and a good non-stick frying pan. You will be surprised at how much easier it is to chop vegetables with a sharp knife.

• Frozen vegetables are excellent for quick stir fries as these vegetables are picked at their prime ripeness and are packed with vitamins and minerals

• Cook a jacket potato in the microwave for five minutes and top it with tinned tuna and cream style sweet corn for a hearty, healthy meal.

• Plan, plan, plan. Sit down and think about what you’d like to eat for the week. Choose a few recipes and write yourself a grocery list.

Look for recipes online to get you started and later you can invest in a recipe book.

Image: Yuri Arcurs/Shutterstock.com

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Megan Kakora has helped launch the websites of, and been the online editor for, some of South Africa’s biggest glossy magazines. She believes in less-is-more, except when it comes to her collection of nail polish colours.
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  1. Lumkwana

    I DON’T trust tinned foods, I really feel that you should get a packaging without tinned..Well I really do not like fish..ahhh..otherwise I love home food, not these takeaways. It saves, and home food tastes nice and fresh

    4 years ago •

  1. Sue1N

    We cook so much more at home now, than we did a few years ago and we are both healthier!

    4 years ago •

  1. Pseudo_kate

    I like to cook in bulk to accommodate my lifestyle. On a Sunday night I’d cook enough food to last me till Wednesday evening and I’d cook again on the Thursday. This way I’m able to go to yoga after work during the week and still come home to a healthy meal that I’ve prepared. I try to do the same for lunch at work.

    4 years ago •

  1. NaturalDiva

    Home-cooked food always taste better and you know what is going into it! (but no one does chicken like Nandos :))

    4 years ago •

  1. Humphreys

    Not only healthier, but you save lots of money too.

    5 years ago •

  1. GREEN

    AS I RECENTLY GRADUATED FROM THE INSTITUTE OF INTEGRATIVE NUTRITION(NEW YORK),I’M VERY PROUD 2 SAY THAT WE WERE CONSTANTLY INSPIRED AND MOTIVATED 2 COOK WHOLESOME MEALS ON REGULAR INTERVALS AND EXPERIENCE THE BENEFITS OF THIS AGE OLD TRADITION! I TRULY LOVE COOKING 4 MY VERY LARGE FAMILY AND THEY THOROUGHLY ENJOY MY TRADITIONAL AND MODERN MEALS! SO 4 ANY 1 STILL SLACK IN TRYING OUT WHAT U VERY WELL KNOW 2 BE SOOO GOOD 4 YOUR BODY,MIND AND GUT WHEN WE REASON FROM A HOLISTIC POINT OF VIEW! `

    5 years ago •

  1. Humphreys

    This is so true. Due to my hectic work and study schedule as a single parent many times the only quality time you get to spend with your daughter is when you cook together. We normally eat healthy so this is an extra bonus :-)

    5 years ago •

  1. Maddy

    an excellent articles and these days supermarkets carry precut and chopped veggies which makes cooking even easier after a workday.

    5 years ago •

  1. Angelisha

    I Love Cooking at home … Its special and always cooked with utmost care! Food cooked at home is also fresh and tasty as you know how it is cooked and the ingrediants! Its also Fun when creating the dishes… A work of art… Ultimately you are what you eat!

    5 years ago •

  1. Sam

    Very informative article. Will definitely use the tips given.

    5 years ago •

  1. ricebunny

    Totally agree at least when I cook it I know what and how much I put in to cook

    5 years ago •

  1. Guccigirl

    Hubs and I find that making meals together is great time for talking. Since we started planning meals and planning properly our grocery bill has gone down dramatically.

    5 years ago •

  1. Steenkamp

    We are only two adults so it is always easier to cook for leftovers, saves me money and time!

    5 years ago •

  1. The Ferosh 1

    I don’t sit down and plan my next meal.I just cook whatever is available even 2min noodle.but I do try to use more fresh veggies though

    5 years ago •

  1. Affat

    I think most people wont have a choice in the matter as going out is becoming incredibly expensive with everything going up and most people having to stay in………

    5 years ago •

  1. Mpbutterfly

    I follow a menu plan and it helps with budgeting which is great! Plus I am losing weight because I am eating healty!

    5 years ago •

  1. Debsie

    I always cook so that there is leftovers. I like the jacket potato idea

    5 years ago •

  1. julandism

    I do a weekly menu and get all my ingredients on a Sunday and usually do a soup/curry/stew to freeze for the next week. Also, never go grocery shopping on an empty stomach, you will buy things that are not really necessarily or healthy compared to going after having a meal. :)

    5 years ago •

  1. Chicara

    Very good tips! I’m hungry now. ;) I eat a lot of chicken, but would love to add more fish to my diet.

    5 years ago •

  1. Zu

    The family that eats together, stays together. FOOD and SEX are One of the most important thing in life in my opinion and asian culture. So Its somehing that we dont take granted for. Cooking is one of the cheapest therapy there is and so thus shopping.

    5 years ago •

  1. Rochelle Stewart

    I make the following weeks menu up on the Sunday, buy all groceries on a Monday (fresh produce every day) and I have saved so much money (and time) in doing so. And “what’s for supper?” questions are now something of the past.

    5 years ago •

  1. paulina

    I don’t always work on a menu now and then we go out as a family just to get out of the house, but it’s really nice to prepare your own wholesome home cooking, the kids learn how to cook and sometimes dad helps too, u can actually have a great time cooking together as a family, and i love the tips in your article.

    5 years ago •

  1. landman

    I have tried a few of these tips mentioned by Megan and it really saves you a lot of time and money to prepare a great home meal, shopping together is fun and very relaxing just don’t buy groceries on a empty stomach, u might turn up with all the wrong things in your trolley.

    5 years ago •

  1. Mpoyif

    Writing a menu plan is a excellent way of cooking healthy meals for the family and saves time & money in the long run.

    5 years ago •

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