Eating at home encourages us to make better food choices and keep us on track for a healthy diet, according to a new study
Eating at home encourages us to make healthier choices, according to a new study – and we feel better afterwards.
According to a report published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, we’re more likely to eat nutritionally balanced meals at home than when we’re out and about.
The study is based on data from women who reported their emotional states before and after meals. Researchers found that we tend to prepare healthier meals at home and feel more emotionally rewarded after eating them. This cycle of positive reinforcement was found to be more pronounced in the home than anywhere else.
‘Home is known to be where people feel most content, and the positive emotions often associated with home-cooked meals may be part of the recipe for a healthy diet,’ says the study.
This pattern may explain why people make healthier choices at home than when eating out, suggests Professor Laurette Dubé who conducted the study: ‘The home nurtures healthy eating and in which healthier food choices trigger – and are triggered by – more positive emotions.’
We’ll be heading to the supermarket after work for all the ingredients for a nutritious, home-cooked meal!