With our busy schedule, most of us do not have time to cook at home. And the convenience of precooked, processed, or prepackaged foods made it even impossible. As we get used to this, preparing and cooking food has become burdensome to some of us. But is not eating your own cooking cooking better than eating precooked or prepackaged foods or even eating out?
We all know that it is unhealthy to eat precooked and prepackaged foods. They contain lots of preservatives, additives, fats and other unhealthy stuff. Therefore, there is nothing healthier than eating the food you cooked yourself.
Why is cooking at home better? First of all you can choose and control the ingredients. You know exactly what and how much you need. Unlike eating in restaurants or prepackaged foods, you can control the calories, fat sodium, etc. in your food. You can likewise choose the freshest and higher quality ingredients and you can make sure that there are no incentives or preservatives in the food you and your family eat.
Preparing your own food also ensures that it is hygienic. We do not know what goes with our food in restaurants or prepackaged foods. Although restaurants and factories have their own standards, sometimes they are overlooked. Have you asked yourself who handled your food? Was it prepared properly? Maybe it was dropped on the dirty floor or counter top. These things happen especially when everyone in the kitchen is very busy.
Cooking at home allows you to save money. If you eat in a restaurant, most likely you'll get an over-sized serving. At home you can control how much you are going to cook and eat. You can start with a little and if you're still hungry you can help yourself with some more. And of course, you can store the leftovers in your fridge.
Additionally cooking at home allows you to have quality time with your family. Get your children involved in food preparation, table setting, or cleaning up. It is fun and rewarding. Your children will appreciate eating healthy food if they are involved in the process. It enhances their physical growth and mental development. They feel loved and cared for if parents prepare food for them.
It is a fact that we live in a fast-paced world but there are no shortcuts to giving proper nutrition to your family. Cooking at home for your family ensures that your family's health requirements are taken care of.
by Mabel Tiu