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Does Cooking Your Own Food Help Keep You Healthy?

In his New York Times article “Pollan Cooks!”, author Mark Bittman talks about Michael Pollan, author of In Defense of Food, and his new line of thought on the obesity epidemic and its emergence.  Pollan believes that not only do you have to eat real food, but you also have to cook it, yourself, in your home.

Bittman writes, “The recipes, while not exactly afterthoughts, are less important than his insistence that cooking itself is transformative. Almost as soon as we sit down in my living room, Pollan says: “Cooking is probably the most important thing you can do to improve your diet. What matters most is not any particular nutrient, or even any particular food: it’s the act of cooking itself. People who cook eat a healthier diet without giving it a thought. It’s the collapse of home cooking that led directly to the obesity epidemic.”

Pollan Cooks! – See the article here.

For many folks at the shop, eating better or switching to a Paleo styled diet meant exactly that – cooking!  The fear and apprehension of giving up sugar, dairy, grains, and legumes was nothing in comparison to the hefty task that came with it – cooking your own food.  But one by one you have all made the transition and we would have to agree that cooking does play a huge role in eating well, but we never actually thought about it that way.  Pollan points out that the simple act of cooking cuts out making junk, people use higher quality ingredients, and they don’t have access to unlimited quantities of foods readily available when eating out.

So, does cooking your own food help you stay healthier?  Post to comments.