Preparing own meals helps teens eat healthier

December 6, 2006 in Nutrition for Children and Teenagers, Nutrition Topics in the News

Preparing own meals helps teens eat healthier

Researchers at the University of Minnesota have found that young adults who prepare their own meals tend to eat more fruits and vegetables and have an overall better diet than those who are not involved in the their meal preparations.

The study surveyed more than 1,500 young adults between the ages of 18 to 23 about their food purchasing habits and the quality of their diets.

Researchers found that 31 percent of participants reported a high involvement in their meal preparations. These individuals also reported consuming five servings of fruit and vegetables a day, compared with 3 percent for those who tended to eat out. Individuals who were involved in their meal preparations were less likely to eat fast food.

These latest findings were published in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association.

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