Eating more meals made at home vs. eating out may reduce your risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes, according to a new study presented at the American Heart Association Scientific Sessions 2015 in Orlando Fl. A research team from Harvard investigated homemade meal intake and the type 2 diabetes development of almost 58,000 women who were part of the Nurses' Health Study and more than 41,000 men who were part of the Health Professionals Follow-Up Study. (All participants were free of diabetes, cancer and cardiovascular disease at baseline and were followed for up to 36 years between 1986-2012.) They found that those participants who consumed around two homemade lunches or evening meals each day - around 11-14 home-prepared meals weekly - were at 13% lower risk for developing type 2 diabetes than those who ate fewer than six homemade meals each week.
The team notes that they did not have enough data to include breakfast patterns in their analysis.
The researchers found that subjects who consumed more homemade meals experienced less weight gain over an average of 8 years, which they believe contributed to their reduced risk for type 2 diabetes.The researcher note that they are unable to pinpoint exactly how many homemade meals a person should eat each week based on their findings, but suggest "more could be better."
This is exciting news and even more reason to try some of the recipes on m blog for some healthy home cooking!