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Published on : Nov 09, 2015

Homemade food is considered healthier as compared to food that is commercially prepared. However, commercially prepared food is easily available. In addition to this, the rising trend of busy lifestyle is further fuelling the demand for fast food and ready to eat meals.

According to a new study, those who eat commercially prepared food tend to have a higher chance of getting diabetes 2. The research team revealed that people who ate around 2 homemade lunch/dinner each day tend to maintain at least 13 per cent lower risk of getting type 2 diabetes. On the other hand, people who ate less than 6 homemade lunches/dinners tend to have a higher chance of type 2 diabetes, which is one of the main reason for heart disease.

The study evaluated food pattern of an accumulated group for a number of years. In the study around 5800 women from the Nurses’ Health Study and over 41000 men in the health professionals followed up the study for nearly 36 years. The breakfast patterns were out of scope of the study as the researchers did not have adequate data available. This research was submitted to the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2015.

The study showed that cooking dinner at home is related to lower intake of sugar and fat. According to a researcher, they need more studies to understand whether preparing meals at home can prevent risk of diabetes and obesity. They also need more research in order to understand how if all the meals prepared at home tend to have better diet quality and this means that can people can eat without any limits when it comes to servings. The study is advising people to maintain a balance between their food intake and exercise to maintain their weight and health.