Increasing the number of meals prepared at home may help to keep dangerous substances at bay.
Healthy ingredients and fewer processed meals are only two of the advantages of a home-cooked meal.
To put it another way, PFAS are found in many take-out and fast-food containers. PFAS can be found in sandwich and burger wrappers, as well as 20% of paperboard—the containers used to serve french fries.
“Our findings show that PFAS chemical migration from food packaging into food could be a significant source of exposure to these chemicals”.
Cooking at home was also discovered to be inextricably tied to one’s cultural background and identity. A possible link between female gender and personal objectives, interest, and role in household food preparation was also discovered.
Overall, the research found that home cooking is associated with good outcomes such as the formation of personal relationships, the establishment of stronger gender or ethnic identities, and improved nutrition and health indicators.
The review’s strengths and weaknesses
We used a systematic and transparent approach to perform this review, utilising recognised and established procedures. Only peer-reviewed publications were included, and the dependability of the results was improved by enlisting two independent researchers for each article at each level of the literature screening, data abstraction, and quality appraisal procedure.
The review findings were used to create a conceptual model that depicts the complex, interconnected interactions between potential drivers and outcomes of home cooking. To fully comprehend the relative relevance of these topics and their relationships, more research is required. This will aid in determining the essential and sufficient factors on home food preparation, as well as the involvement of mediators and effect moderators. Research on less-studied age groups, such as those in their middle years, would be particularly useful, as would examining potential societal repercussions of home cooking, such as economic impacts.
Effective ways to promote home food preparation will be required if it is determined that it has health and/or social benefits. The evidence found in this review revealing the importance of personal aspirations, interests, and roles, as well as culture and ethnicity, to home cooking suggests that simple knowledge and resource availability may not be enough to change behaviour.
The determinants of home cooking was more complicated than merely having cooking abilities, with gender, personal connections, time availability and employment, ethnicity and culture emerging as major themes influencing behaviour. The majority of the prospective consequences of home cooking were focused on short-term nutritional advantages and were mostly at an individual level.