American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2015 research says if you eat more meals prepared at home than your favorite restaurant. The finding said people who ate about two home-made lunches or dinners each day – or about 11 to 14 meals a week – had a 13 per cent lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes compared to people who ate less than six home-made lunches or dinners a week.
Researchers analysed data from nearly 58,000 women in the Nurses’ Health Study and more than 41,000 men in the Health Professionals Follow-up Study. None of the participants had diabetes, cardiovascular disease or cancer at the beginning of the study. “The trend for eating meals in restaurants or as take-aways in the US has increased significantly over the last 50 years,” says Geng Zong, a research fellow at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston, Massachusetts.
“At the same time, type 2 diabetes rates have also increased.” In the study, researchers demonstrated that eating home-made meals was associated with less weight gain over eight years in these middle-aged and older health professionals.