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Make it! The Benefits of Home Cooking

Home cooking has plenty of benefits for health and helps to control your diet better than ready-to-eat meals. Food sciences and school cooking courses taking both nutrition and biodiversity in mind play a pivotal role both for public health and the environment.

Your everyday cooking routine will be easy if you plan your meals and always have essential ingredients at home. What kind, you may ask? It mostly depends on your cultural habits. For example, it can be pasta and rice, and seasonings like extra virgin olive, salt, or soya sauce, nuoc-mam, and pepper, fresh vegetables, meat, or fish.

You can also add a touch of improvisation by adapting recipes to your mood.

Preparing your meals will help you control your salt and fat intake. It can also help you to stay on budget. 

Home cooking will benefit your health. You only need to learn how to prepare balanced meals.”ONLY?” you are probably thinking… Preparing balanced meals might be a tricky issue, and you probably feel confused about that. Also, we have to say that everyone has specific needs. So how can we get the most of home cooking and have a balanced diet?


First of all, let’s consider that public health guidelines underline the importance of reducing salt, saturated fat, and sugar intake to prevent and reduce obesity and other lifestyle-related diseases. So family meals are a promising adolescent obesity prevention strategy. Consider both frequency and healthfulness of meals. 


Secondly, when you prepare your own meals, select food according to your specific needs (ask your Doctor for more information).

In all cases:

  • choose nutritious food
  • choose healthy cooking methods such as steaming and stir-frying
  • limit sugar, saturated fat and salt intake
  • add more fresh fruits and vegetables
  • make simple and balanced snacks such as dried fruits

Home cooking is healthy, creative and fun!

About Valentina

Hi, I’m Valentina. I’m a natural scientist and communications consultant, passionate about plant-based food. I’m always looking for new ideas for living more sustainably. II find inspiration locally as well as from other cultures.