Spending time in the kitchen can improve mental health

No time, no desire, no means… not everyone can cook their own food at home. And yet, the kitchen is full of benefits for both body and mind. Researchers from Edith Cowan University (ECU) and a recent study published in the journal Frontiers in Nutrition suggest that this activity can improve the mental and physical health of those who engage in it. And this, even if you don’t prepare yourself… Explanation.

To carry out their research, the researchers were able to rely on a partnership between their university and a cooking learning program called The Good Foundation. Between 2016 and 2018, 657 participants took part in a seven-week program to learn how to cook healthy. Two thirds were overweight. Additionally, experts “measured the effect of the program on participants’ cooking confidence and perceived mental health, as well as on overall satisfaction with cooking and food-related behaviors”describes the study.

Result? program volunteers “Seen significant improvements in their general health, mental health and subjective vitality immediately after the program.” These benefits persisted six months after the program ended.

cooking is good for morale

This improvement may be explained by a change in diet. According to a previous study, eating more fruits and vegetables will improve mental health in the long term. Although, “Participants’ mental health had improved despite the fact that there was no change in their diet after completing the program”Studies show. “This suggests a link between cooking confidence and satisfaction with cooking and mental health benefits”Explains in a press release, the study’s principal investigator, Dr. Rees.

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