We all know the feeling: after a long day, you just can't fathom preparing a meal. But a new study out of Harvard University might make you think twice before eating out or ordering delivery. In a report published in the online PLOS Medicine journal this week, researchers at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health reveal that cooking more meals at home can significantly lower your chance of developing type 2 diabetes.
In an analysis of two studies of more 58,000 female and 41,000 male health professionals, researchers examined participants' diets and how often they ate a lunch or dinner that was prepared at home. Over the course of the study, they found that those who prepared 5-7 meals at home per week were 15 percent less likely to develop type 2 diabetes than those who only claimed to eat 1-2 home-cooked meals in an average 7-day span.
It's no secret that eating out at restaurants can often mean consuming a bomb of calories, fat, saturated fat, and sugar—all of which can hide in even the most unsuspecting of dishes and ingredients. However, Harvard's study points out that these meals can also contribute to your risk of chronic diseases, including diabetes.