When people talk about the problems with obesity in the modern world, most focus on sugar and the rise of snack foods. There’s no doubt that this is a big part of the problem – but I would like to propose a complementary theory.
The rise in obesity is linked to people spending less time cooking their own meals from scratch.
Think about it. When you cook food from scratch, it naturally has less sugar and more nutrients. It’s hard to cook a meal without including at least some vegetables, and when you know exactly how much sugar you’re putting in there’s no way to trick yourself into thinking something is healthy when it isn’t.
So if you’re not cooking the majority of your meals, you’re missing out on a ton of health benefits.
The fact that less people cook today isn’t surprising though. As a general rule, we have less time available and work longer hours. In many cases, both adults in a family work full-time, so there isn’t the traditional “house wife” who’s in charge of cooking. I also believe our taste buds have changed over time – we now crave sugary foods more and more, so a cheap pizza might actually seem MORE satisfying.
These are all big problems. But they can be solved by simply making an effort to cook more. Once you start having more fresh food, your taste buds start to appreciate it again. You’ll also feel healthier.
Essential Items to Cook Healthy Food
Before you can start cooking though, there are some essential items you need. Here’s a quick rundown:
- A high quality set of pans. Pans are essential for great cooking, but most people use cheap pans that food gets easily stuck to or just doesn’t heat properly. I recommend getting a Tefal 5 piece pan set, as they provide a good balance between quality and expenditure.
- A top quality chef’s knife. If you’re chopping vegetables without a chef’s knife, you’re wasting time and making cooking more stressful than it needs to be.
- A blender. Any blender will do, but it’ll make cooking much simpler and faster.
- A simple cooking book. If you’re just getting started with cooking, don’t try complicated recipes that take hours to cook. Instead, look for a simple recipe book with meals that take 20 minutes or less to prepare.
As your cooking improves, you’ll spend less and less time making each meal. You’ll also get better at it, so the meals will taste nicer.
I think if we all started cooking more it would go a long way to solving the obesity problem. Considering this causes heart disease, diabetes and a host of other problems, it’s something that can’t be ignored any longer.