Another reason to cook a homemade meal… lower risk of type 2 diabetes! How fantastic is that?!
A long-term prospective study of nearly 100,000 health care professionals showed that those who ate an average of 11-14 home-prepared lunches and dinners per week had a 13% lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes compared to those eating less than 6 per week.
Looking at homemade meals a continuous variable, each home-prepared lunch or dinner eaten per week decreased the long-term risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 1-2% according to the research.
There were other benefits, such as those who ate 11-14 homemade meals per week had a 15% lower risk of developing obesity during the first 8 years of follow-up. Men who ate in that fashion gained about 2 pounds less body weight in the first 8 years. It was also found that those who brought their meals also consumed fewer sugar-sweetened beverages.