Cooking would be good for the body and the morale
According to a recent study, people who cook feel better physically and morally. The people who took part in the experiment felt the benefits for six months.
Put on your apron, the kitchen would help to heal your mental and physical health! This is the result of a study by researchers at Edith Cowan University (ECU), published in the journal Frontiers in Nutrition. To feel the positive effects, you don't even need to eat, this activity would bring confidence and satisfaction.
To carry out their research, the researchers were able to count on the partnership between their university and a program to learn to cook called The Good Foundation. Between 2016 and 2018, 657 participants participated in a seven-week program to learn how to cook healthy. Two-thirds were overweight. At the same time, the specialists “measured the effect of the program on participants' cooking confidence and perceived mental health, as well as their overall satisfaction with cooking and food-related behaviors,” describes the study.
Results? Volunteers who completed the program “saw significant improvements in their general health, mental health, and subjective vitality immediately after the program.” These benefits remained six months after the end of the program.
This improvement may be explained by a change in diet. According to a previous study, eating more fruits and vegetables improves mental health in the longer term. However, “participants’s mental health improved despite their diet not changing after completing the program,” the study explains. “This suggests a link between cooking confidence and satisfaction around cooking and mental health benefits,” said lead researcher Dr. Rees in a statement.