Spending more time at home preparing meals is associated with several indicators of a better diet, such as eating more fruits and vegetables. Conversely, spending less than an hour a day preparing food at home is associated with eating more fast food and spending more money eating out.
“There is very little data on the time cost of healthy eating,” said Pablo Monsivais, Ph.D., M.P.H., the study’s lead author and a senior university lecturer with the Center for Diet and Activity Research at the University of Cambridge School of Clinical Medicine in England.
Wright, a spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, reiterated an observation made in the study: “Besides time and cost, people often don’t feel confident about their ability to prepare healthy meals.”
Wright added, “Registered dietician/nutritionists give close consideration to the issue of time when making their recommendations. They can give tips on ways to optimize time and money, such as planning meals, shopping ahead and preparing some foods in advance that can allow families to have quick-to-prepare healthy meals and snacks.”
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