By Aayushi Lakhapati
Home-cooked food has been known to be the best for overall health and nourishment over processed foods. Apart from physical fitness, it also keeps an eye on your mental well-being. Currently, the pandemic has given every one of us an opportunity to avoid stuffing our body with processed food and replace it with healthy and fresh home-cooked food. Have a look at this list of benefits that you will earn by making this little change in your life.
You feel fresher and livelier
Processed foods are laden with salt, preservatives, saturated fat, sugar, and other additives, and these compounds are really harsh on your body. They show multiple adverse effects on your body like bloating, irritation, fatigue, increased risk of infections, etc. On the other hand, there are no additives and preservatives in fresh, home-cooked food. So, you can enjoy being fresh, lively, and energetic if you choose home-cooked food.
You can decide the type and amount of ingredients
Home-cooked food can be made wholesome using various ingredients that enhance the nutrient density of the food. You can use immunity-boosting ingredients and natural herbs, and make it healthier for the physical and mental well being of you and your family. Such fresh, wholesome food improves sleep and mood, stabilises weight, boosts energy, and increases stress tolerance.
The portion size can be controlled.
Processed foods are often packed in amounts that exceed the usual portion sizes. So when you purchase a large packet of something, you might end up consuming the entire portion of the food. This can increase the risk of obesity and other non-communicable diseases like diabetes, cardiovascular disorders, etc. But when you consume home-cooked food, you can restrict your portion sizes and eat only the amount of food you require to nourish your body.
Cooking food at home can nourish your mind too
Cooking food whenever you get a chance to can do wonders for your mental health. Cooking can help women reduce the symptoms of their PMS and menopause, and it has also been known to reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s. Moreover, it sharpens the mind and boosts the cognitive functioning.
Unlike processed foods, home-cooked food needs a little investment of time and energy for cooking, but it provides all-round nourishment to your body and mind. The pandemic has driven us more towards home-cooked food and now is our chance to make the best out of it!
The writer is co-founder, nutritionist and the Chief Health Officer at 23BMI, a healthcare venture.
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