Here’s Why Home Cooking Can Increase Your Lifespan

The art of cooking seems to have been lost to the modern society of technology and fast paced work days and schedules. In between our obligations to work, family, school, and relaxation, who has the time to gather up the ingredients and time needed to prepare a healthy, homemade meals from scratch? If we’re beinghonest, it’s just so much easier to dial the phone and pick up some takeout on the way home – or better yet, place an order and wait for the food to be delivered right to your door!

With all of these modern conveniences, why would any of us want to ever set foot in a kitchen again? Well, as it turns out, there are many, many benefits to cooking your meals from scratch at home. As a great article by Care 2 points out, in addition to saving money, making more of your meals at home can actually increase your life expectancy (yes, really!). Here’s why you should start making cooking a priority.

When learning about the benefits of cooking at home, it’s important to see what happened when we cut out takeout, frozen dinners, and restaurant meals from our diets. Takeout and frozen dinners can not only get pricey, but they are often loaded with sodium and unhealthy additives such as MSG (monosodium glutamate) that can cause allergic reactions or serious intolerances in certain people. These artificial ingredients can make us more tired and more prone to infections and illnesses in the future. What’s more is that when we go out to eat at a restaurant, chances are high that our plates will be loaded with more food than we even really need, and so we’ll end up gorging ourselves to the point where we get serious heartburn and digestive issues later on. This is not to mention how bad this is for anyone who may be trying to lose weight as well.

Even though cooking may seem like an exhausting and unnecessary chore, it’s important to look at it as an important investment into your health. Besides, over time, you will notice not only a lighter grocery bill at the end of each month, but you will notice improvements to your overall health as well. If you really struggle with finding the time to cook, try to cook large meals on Sundays, and freeze the leftovers to use throughout the week.

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