People Are Sharing The Worst Homemade Meals They've Ever Been Served, And These Horror Stories Might Make You Feel Better About Your Own Cooking (2022)

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Cooking: It's a necessary part of adulting. Nobody is perfect at it. We've all had that time when we burnt a dish in the oven, added too much or too little seasoning, or forgot to watch that boiling pot of macaroni. This week, Reddit user u/take7pieces asked, "What’s the worst home cooking you’ve ever witnessed?" Boy, did people have stories to share! Here are some of the wildest responses: 1."We (a family of four) were invited to a friend's house for dinner, spaghetti bolognese. When we arrived, she said she'd decided to try pasta making for the first time and thought it would be fun to make together. She made 500 grams of pasta dough, then proceeded to cut the dough ball in half and freeze half of it for later, leaving only 250 grams of pasta dough to make spaghetti for seven people. My concerns about there not being enough to go around were brushed off. So, every bowl got a VERY small amount of pasta. 2."I grew up thinking I didn't like vegetables. After I moved out and learned to cook, I went home for a meal. I watched my mom put a pan of chicken breasts in the oven, and immediately after, pour a bag of mixed vegetables into a pot of boiling water. She let this bag of diced corn, peas, and carrots boil until after the chicken was done. The vegetables were indistinguishable by taste." 3."My mother-in-law, bless her heart, makes 'stewed green beans.' Which means she takes canned green beans, dumps them in a saucepan, and cooks them for three-to-four hours until they are MUSH. I believe she puts some kind of margarine in the pan, but no seasonings or anything like that." 4."My uncle was grilling burgers and hot dogs. He sprayed the grill with some 'cooking oil/PAM' and also sprayed the tops of the burgers and hot dogs. Well, we went to eat, and they tasted funny. It turned out the spray was grill cleaner. So far, we are all still alive." 5."When I had my first apartment, there was a nice couple about my age living right above me. The guy and I had chatted a few times, and at one point, we all decided to have dinner together, which turned into a sort of potluck. His fiancée made 'fried chicken' by tossing chicken in plain flour and baking it. They came out of the oven with loose, white flour still on them, and every bite threatened to send me into a choking fit due to inhaled flour. 6."My brother invited his then-girlfriend over for some ham, beans, and cornbread for dinner. As they're dishing up the beans, he tells her that it's okay if they taste 'a little funny.' He accidentally left them sitting out for two days, and they got a little mold. So, he scraped the mold off...then, he stirred in some bleach to make it 'safe' to eat. She ordered a pizza. She still married him after this, which has always boggled my mind. 7."I knew someone who thought that adding too much salt to food was her 'quirky personality trait.' She added so much that it was like sand in your food. No one ever ate anything she made, which was hardly a surprise. One time, she was at someone's house, and she dumped the WHOLE BOX of salt in a big pot of soup. The guests went to eat it, and everyone spit out the food." 8."My own. I was trying to make a veggie chili with tempeh, dark chocolate, and a beer. I watched a few videos, read a few recipes, and felt confident. However, I accidentally over salted the dish. To compensate, I tried to add more chocolate. I wasn't thinking too clearly, and added about 10 times the recommended chocolate amount. It ended up being like a thick chocolate stew." 9."When I was little, we went over to my grandma's friend's house for a party. I made my way over to the stove because I was a nosy kid and wanted to see what was for dinner. There were all these glorious items: mashed potatoes, a roast in the oven, gravy, pie, and cookies. Then, I saw the sink. One side of the sink was full of pasta, peas, cheese chunks, red peppers, and a white sauce…and it was just all mixed together in the sink. The other side of the sink was full of uncut fruit and dirty dishes. Now, we came early because my grandma was going to help her friend set everything up. So, I ran out to where they were and said, 'Grandma! There’s pasta in the sink! Do you want me to throw it away?!' Her friend said, 'No, sweetheart, that’s sink pasta. That’s how you make it.' 10."The first time my partner made me dinner when we had just started dating. It was a sweet gesture, but probably one of the worst meals I've ever had. Everything was boiled to death — boiled frozen vegetables, boiled potatoes...if he hadn't picked up the roasted chicken from the local grocery store pre-cooked, I'm sure that would have been boiled, too. Nothing was seasoned either. When I opened his 'spice cupboard,' I found an empty salt shaker, some garlic, and onion powder that expired six years before, and a bunch of packaged sauces that were all well past their expiration dates." 11."I was invited to a friend's house for a barbecue, and they said they were serving chicken. We got there, and I asked if I could help get the chicken ready or anything else. Host tells me, 'No need, the chicken is already on the grill.' The chicken was probably on the grill for 30 minutes, and it was boneless, skinless chicken breast. It was so dry and tough that it was basically inedible. There was no seasoning, not even salt and pepper. I actually had to ask for some kind of sauce to eat it with. I ended up eating it with ketchup. It was nasty. I couldn't believe someone would serve that to guests and feel good about it." 12."They served lasagna made with one layer of pasta. It was basically just mini chicken nuggets, carrots, peas, and green beans. The worst part? The pasta was raw. It should have clicked for me when they made it in about 45 minutes." 13."I worked at a restaurant for years, and I've always loved making food at home for my roommate. One morning out of the blue, my roommate wanted to make me breakfast, which was a nice gesture. I didn’t want to intervene, so I let him do everything and just peeked over from time to time. It was a simple meal: eggs, bacon, and toast. He went through the whole carton of eggs because he kept burning them. He ruined the pan by scraping it with a butter knife. He somehow managed to burn a lot of toast in the process. He also burned the bacon multiple times, causing the house to fill with smoke. He just kept cooking. Once I realized he wasn’t gonna do anything about the smoke, I opened the windows and doors and turned the fan on. By that point, I was already eyeing the fire extinguisher, just in case. Then it hit me: He had never cooked a meal in his life!" 14."I went to my best friend's house for dinner. Her mom took two big, fat chicken breasts and dumped an entire bottle of Frank's RedHot sauce on them, then stuck the chicken in the microwave. An hour later, I was served a pink lump of meat with no sides." 15."I swear my grandmother goes out of her way to make the easiest recipes a complete disaster. Once, I gave her a dump-and-go crockpot recipe for Mongolian beef. I thought it would be impossible for her to screw up: flank steak sliced and coated in cornstarch, then thrown in water with soy sauce, brown sugar, and some shredded carrots. All she had to do was set it on high for two-to-three hours, and it would be done. Nope. She picked the absolute cheapest cut of meat she could find. She didn't have cornstarch, so she just dumped in a bunch of flour later, and then forgot to add water. She also 'didn’t feel like' getting out her crockpot, but didn’t adjust the recipe accordingly. She just simmered it for three hours because 'it’s the same thing.' It was completely inedible, because the steak was so tough and covered in clumpy soy flour bombs. To add insult to injury, instead of acknowledging her mistakes, she just complained that the recipe was bad." 16."I had an old friend back in college who claimed to be vegan. I didn’t understand this since she drank [regular] milk and ate cheese, which clearly are NOT vegan. One time, she invited me over for lunch and decided to make a 'vegan' omelette. I’m not a vegan, but am always open to trying new dishes. I know there are options for egg substitutes out there, so I thought she would use one of those. Nope. She dissolved a whole box of saltine crackers in milk, sautéed some veggies in a pan, then dumped the soggy cracker concoction into it. She cooked it for a few minutes, added some cheese, then divided it in half, and served it to me on a plate. I’ve had some very good vegan dishes in my life, but that was definitely not one of them." 17."The hosts microwaved frozen chicken breasts until they thawed, then cooked the chicken naked on a sheet pan and served it shredded for tacos. Bonus, the chicken wasn't seasoned because 'that's what the salsa is for!' This was for a dinner we were specifically invited over for. We have not been over since." 18."Once when I was eating at my ex-boyfriend's house, his mom was making soup and sandwiches. She boiled a pot of water and opened up a bag of frozen miscellaneous veggies like carrots, cauliflower, etc. She tossed the veggies in the water with pepper and salt. We heard her call out, 'Hey kids, soup's done!' The 'soup' was just the boiled veggies in their own water." 19."I was at a group reunion with my college roommates. One of them was making chicken curry. She dumped all of the chicken and vegetables into a dirty sink beside a second sink filled with dirty dishes. She lost a piece of chicken down the garbage disposal, and then reached in to retrieve the chicken. I looked over at our other old roommate and went, 'Girl, we're gonna die tonight.' We just smiled and prayed." 20."I graduated with a culinary degree, and have a couple friends who have degrees in chemistry. Shortly after we all graduated and found jobs, my chemist friends invited me over to hang out and make dinner. I decided I was going to assume more of a helper role than take full control because I really don't like telling people what to do...until I saw my friend take a brick of ground turkey straight from the package and throw it on the grill. 21.And finally: "Things happen, but I had never seen someone catch a casserole on actual fire until last Thanksgiving. They just scraped the burnt top off." Now it's your turn! What's the worst mistake you've ever made while cooking? Tell us in the comments! FAQs Videos

Cooking: It's a necessary part of adulting. Nobody is perfect at it. We've all had that time when we burnt a dish in the oven, added too much or too little seasoning, or forgot to watch that boiling pot of macaroni.

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This week, Reddit user u/take7pieces asked, "What’s the worst home cooking you’ve ever witnessed?" Boy, did people have stories to share! Here are some of the wildest responses:

1."We (a family of four) were invited to a friend's house for dinner, spaghetti bolognese. When we arrived, she said she'd decided to try pasta making for the first time and thought it would be fun to make together. She made 500 grams of pasta dough, then proceeded to cut the dough ball in half and freeze half of it for later, leaving only 250 grams of pasta dough to make spaghetti for seven people. My concerns about there not being enough to go around were brushed off. So, every bowl got a VERY small amount of pasta.

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2."I grew up thinking I didn't like vegetables. After I moved out and learned to cook, I went home for a meal. I watched my mom put a pan of chicken breasts in the oven, and immediately after, pour a bag of mixed vegetables into a pot of boiling water. She let this bag of diced corn, peas, and carrots boil until after the chicken was done. The vegetables were indistinguishable by taste."

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3."My mother-in-law, bless her heart, makes 'stewed green beans.' Which means she takes canned green beans, dumps them in a saucepan, and cooks them for three-to-four hours until they are MUSH. I believe she puts some kind of margarine in the pan, but no seasonings or anything like that."

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4."My uncle was grilling burgers and hot dogs. He sprayed the grill with some 'cooking oil/PAM' and also sprayed the tops of the burgers and hot dogs. Well, we went to eat, and they tasted funny. It turned out the spray was grill cleaner. So far, we are all still alive."

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5."When I had my first apartment, there was a nice couple about my age living right above me. The guy and I had chatted a few times, and at one point, we all decided to have dinner together, which turned into a sort of potluck. His fiancée made 'fried chicken' by tossing chicken in plain flour and baking it. They came out of the oven with loose, white flour still on them, and every bite threatened to send me into a choking fit due to inhaled flour.

6."My brother invited his then-girlfriend over for some ham, beans, and cornbread for dinner. As they're dishing up the beans, he tells her that it's okay if they taste 'a little funny.' He accidentally left them sitting out for two days, and they got a little mold. So, he scraped the mold off...then, he stirred in some bleach to make it 'safe' to eat. She ordered a pizza. She still married him after this, which has always boggled my mind.

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7."I knew someone who thought that adding too much salt to food was her 'quirky personality trait.' She added so much that it was like sand in your food. No one ever ate anything she made, which was hardly a surprise. One time, she was at someone's house, and she dumped the WHOLE BOX of salt in a big pot of soup. The guests went to eat it, and everyone spit out the food."

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8."My own. I was trying to make a veggie chili with tempeh, dark chocolate, and a beer. I watched a few videos, read a few recipes, and felt confident. However, I accidentally over salted the dish. To compensate, I tried to add more chocolate. I wasn't thinking too clearly, and added about 10 times the recommended chocolate amount. It ended up being like a thick chocolate stew."

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9."When I was little, we went over to my grandma's friend's house for a party. I made my way over to the stove because I was a nosy kid and wanted to see what was for dinner. There were all these glorious items: mashed potatoes, a roast in the oven, gravy, pie, and cookies. Then, I saw the sink. One side of the sink was full of pasta, peas, cheese chunks, red peppers, and a white sauce…and it was just all mixed together in the sink. The other side of the sink was full of uncut fruit and dirty dishes. Now, we came early because my grandma was going to help her friend set everything up. So, I ran out to where they were and said, 'Grandma! There’s pasta in the sink! Do you want me to throw it away?!' Her friend said, 'No, sweetheart, that’s sink pasta. That’s how you make it.'

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10."The first time my partner made me dinner when we had just started dating. It was a sweet gesture, but probably one of the worst meals I've ever had. Everything was boiled to death — boiled frozen vegetables, boiled potatoes...if he hadn't picked up the roasted chicken from the local grocery store pre-cooked, I'm sure that would have been boiled, too. Nothing was seasoned either. When I opened his 'spice cupboard,' I found an empty salt shaker, some garlic, and onion powder that expired six years before, and a bunch of packaged sauces that were all well past their expiration dates."

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11."I was invited to a friend's house for a barbecue, and they said they were serving chicken. We got there, and I asked if I could help get the chicken ready or anything else. Host tells me, 'No need, the chicken is already on the grill.' The chicken was probably on the grill for 30 minutes, and it was boneless, skinless chicken breast. It was so dry and tough that it was basically inedible. There was no seasoning, not even salt and pepper. I actually had to ask for some kind of sauce to eat it with. I ended up eating it with ketchup. It was nasty. I couldn't believe someone would serve that to guests and feel good about it."

12."They served lasagna made with one layer of pasta. It was basically just mini chicken nuggets, carrots, peas, and green beans. The worst part? The pasta was raw. It should have clicked for me when they made it in about 45 minutes."

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13."I worked at a restaurant for years, and I've always loved making food at home for my roommate. One morning out of the blue, my roommate wanted to make me breakfast, which was a nice gesture. I didn’t want to intervene, so I let him do everything and just peeked over from time to time. It was a simple meal: eggs, bacon, and toast. He went through the whole carton of eggs because he kept burning them. He ruined the pan by scraping it with a butter knife. He somehow managed to burn a lot of toast in the process. He also burned the bacon multiple times, causing the house to fill with smoke. He just kept cooking. Once I realized he wasn’t gonna do anything about the smoke, I opened the windows and doors and turned the fan on. By that point, I was already eyeing the fire extinguisher, just in case. Then it hit me: He had never cooked a meal in his life!"

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14."I went to my best friend's house for dinner. Her mom took two big, fat chicken breasts and dumped an entire bottle of Frank's RedHot sauce on them, then stuck the chicken in the microwave. An hour later, I was served a pink lump of meat with no sides."

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15."I swear my grandmother goes out of her way to make the easiest recipes a complete disaster. Once, I gave her a dump-and-go crockpot recipe for Mongolian beef. I thought it would be impossible for her to screw up: flank steak sliced and coated in cornstarch, then thrown in water with soy sauce, brown sugar, and some shredded carrots. All she had to do was set it on high for two-to-three hours, and it would be done. Nope. She picked the absolute cheapest cut of meat she could find. She didn't have cornstarch, so she just dumped in a bunch of flour later, and then forgot to add water. She also 'didn’t feel like' getting out her crockpot, but didn’t adjust the recipe accordingly. She just simmered it for three hours because 'it’s the same thing.' It was completely inedible, because the steak was so tough and covered in clumpy soy flour bombs. To add insult to injury, instead of acknowledging her mistakes, she just complained that the recipe was bad."

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16."I had an old friend back in college who claimed to be vegan. I didn’t understand this since she drank [regular] milk and ate cheese, which clearly are NOT vegan. One time, she invited me over for lunch and decided to make a 'vegan' omelette. I’m not a vegan, but am always open to trying new dishes. I know there are options for egg substitutes out there, so I thought she would use one of those. Nope. She dissolved a whole box of saltine crackers in milk, sautéed some veggies in a pan, then dumped the soggy cracker concoction into it. She cooked it for a few minutes, added some cheese, then divided it in half, and served it to me on a plate. I’ve had some very good vegan dishes in my life, but that was definitely not one of them."

17."The hosts microwaved frozen chicken breasts until they thawed, then cooked the chicken naked on a sheet pan and served it shredded for tacos. Bonus, the chicken wasn't seasoned because 'that's what the salsa is for!' This was for a dinner we were specifically invited over for. We have not been over since."

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18."Once when I was eating at my ex-boyfriend's house, his mom was making soup and sandwiches. She boiled a pot of water and opened up a bag of frozen miscellaneous veggies like carrots, cauliflower, etc. She tossed the veggies in the water with pepper and salt. We heard her call out, 'Hey kids, soup's done!' The 'soup' was just the boiled veggies in their own water."

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19."I was at a group reunion with my college roommates. One of them was making chicken curry. She dumped all of the chicken and vegetables into a dirty sink beside a second sink filled with dirty dishes. She lost a piece of chicken down the garbage disposal, and then reached in to retrieve the chicken. I looked over at our other old roommate and went, 'Girl, we're gonna die tonight.' We just smiled and prayed."

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20."I graduated with a culinary degree, and have a couple friends who have degrees in chemistry. Shortly after we all graduated and found jobs, my chemist friends invited me over to hang out and make dinner. I decided I was going to assume more of a helper role than take full control because I really don't like telling people what to do...until I saw my friend take a brick of ground turkey straight from the package and throw it on the grill.

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21.And finally: "Things happen, but I had never seen someone catch a casserole on actual fire until last Thanksgiving. They just scraped the burnt top off."

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Now it's your turn! What's the worst mistake you've ever made while cooking? Tell us in the comments!

Note: Responses have been edited for length and/or clarity.

FAQs

Why is it better to have home cooked meals? ›

Preparing healthy meals at home can support your immune system and reduce the risk of illnesses such as heart disease, cancer, high blood pressure, and diabetes. It can give you more energy, improve how you sleep at night, and help you better manage health problems.

Why is homemade food healthier than restaurant food? ›

“When people cook most of their meals at home, they consume fewer carbohydrates, less sugar and less fat than those who cook less or not at all – even if they are not trying to lose weight,” says Julia A. Wolfson, MPP, a CLF-Lerner Fellow at the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future and lead author of the study.

Why people should choose homemade food instead of the unhealthy fast food? ›

It's proven to be healthier

Some studies suggest that people who cook more often, rather than get take-out, have an overall healthier diet. These studies also show that restaurant meals typically contain higher amounts of sodium, saturated fat, total fat, and overall calories than home-cooked meals.

Do you think that food prepared at home is always better than in restaurants? ›

But the truth is, eating at home is usually a much better choice. Research shows that we consume more calories, fat, and sodium and less nutritious foods when we eat out instead of at home. We have more control over what goes into our food when we are in our own kitchen.

Why is homemade food better than junk food? ›

Homemade meals usually supply fewer calories, fats, sugars and sodium than most fast foods. With your busy life, you might find it easier and faster to grab fast food on your way home from work. But this convenience comes at a price. Research has shown that homemade meals tend to be healthier than takeaway.

Is cooking at home better for the environment? ›

When you cook at home versus going out to a restaurant, you are going to use less energy. While the cost to produce the ingredients may be the same, restaurants often add more transportation expenditures, which include higher energy and resource costs. The use of more energy and resources is harder on the environment.

How cooking can benefit your mental health? ›

Community kitchen programs help foster socialization and improve social isolation. Indeed, research supports the idea that cooking, in general, improves positive mood, self-esteem, socialization, and other mental health outcomes.

Why is homemade better than store bought? ›

Eating at home allows you to control the ingredients in your food, so you can use natural ingredients instead of unhealthy processed foods. Processed foods, frequently served in restaurants or available in pre-made meals from the grocery store, tend to be high in sodium, fat and added sugars.

What should I make for dinner lazy? ›

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Is homemade food better than processed food? ›

A Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health research study shows that people who frequently cook meals at home eat healthier and consume fewer calories than those who cook less. Researchers evaluated more than 9,000 meals prepared at home.

Are homemade meals healthier? ›

"Food cooked at home is usually prepared in healthier ways than restaurant foods," says registered dietitian Melanie Betz. Just think of all the fried foods you'd be tempted to order at a restaurant—at home, you're a lot less likely to use such unhealthy methods of food preparation.

Why are fresh and home prepared foods better than processed foods? ›

Focusing on fresh ingredients not only promotes improved health, but also boosts nutrients and flavor profiles. Any type of processing such as canning, freezing or drying can deteriorate the quality of nutrients, fiber, flavor, and even natural color.

What is the difference between fast food and homemade food? ›

The main difference between fast food and homemade food is that fast food is easy and ready to prepare. It does not need more time to prepare. And it causes many diseases. On the other hand, homemade food takes more time to prepare.

Is it cheaper to eat fast food or cook at home? ›

Whether you're ordering a $6.50 chicken burrito from Chipotle or a $5.79 quarter pounder with cheese meal from McDonald's, cooking at home is still the more affordable option.

Can you think of other ways to ensure that meal time is an enjoyable experience for the family? ›

Regular family meals let you catch up with each other and enjoy healthy food together. Set aside regular time for family meals. Get everyone involved in choosing and preparing family meals. Reward behaviour like using good manners and trying new foods.

Why junk food is good debate? ›

Arecent study has proved that certain junk foods contain good amounts of antioxidants and they can in fact be good for the heart. While it isn't recommended that one thrive on these foods, indulging in some of them, in limit of course, may do you a whole lot of good.

Which is better healthy food or junk food? ›

Why Is Healthy Food Better Than Junk Food? When you consume a diet that is packed with natural fresh produce, it facilitates to lower the risk of several chronic disorders like cancer, obesity, cardiovascular problems, diabetes and many more.

What are the disadvantages of fast food and junk food? ›

A 2015 study identified the sometimes irreparable effects of eating fast food. Such risks include obesity, insulin resistance, type 2 diabetes, and various cardiovascular conditions. This is because most fast food is high in sugar, salt, saturated fat, trans fats, processed ingredients, and calories.

Why are fresh and home prepared foods better than processed foods? ›

Focusing on fresh ingredients not only promotes improved health, but also boosts nutrients and flavor profiles. Any type of processing such as canning, freezing or drying can deteriorate the quality of nutrients, fiber, flavor, and even natural color.

Do you think that food prepared at home is always better than in restaurants? ›

But the truth is, eating at home is usually a much better choice. Research shows that we consume more calories, fat, and sodium and less nutritious foods when we eat out instead of at home. We have more control over what goes into our food when we are in our own kitchen.

What are the disadvantages of eating out in restaurants? ›

Eating out for lots of meals increases your risk of heart disease or stroke. A diet high in fat, cholesterol, and sugar increases one's risk of heart disease. When dining out, there are more temptations to delve into the sugary desserts and condiments, or to splurge with an entree you just can't replicate at home.

Is cooking at home better for the environment? ›

When you cook at home versus going out to a restaurant, you are going to use less energy. While the cost to produce the ingredients may be the same, restaurants often add more transportation expenditures, which include higher energy and resource costs. The use of more energy and resources is harder on the environment.

Is homemade food healthier than fast food? ›

Home cooked food is healthier than fast food or takeout. The nutritional value of the produce used will be maintained when you cook at home. Usually, the takeout that you order will have a lot of oil, butter and spices which might not be healthy, especially when eaten on a daily basis.

What are the advantages and disadvantages of healthy food? ›

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Why is processed food better than real food? ›

Real food is packed with antioxidants and nutrients that support heart health, including magnesium and healthy fats. Eating a diet rich in nutritious, unprocessed foods may also help reduce inflammation, which is considered one of the major drivers of heart disease ( 10 ).

What is the difference between fast food and home cooked meals? ›

Homemade meals usually supply fewer calories, fats, sugars and sodium than most fast foods. With your busy life, you might find it easier and faster to grab fast food on your way home from work. But this convenience comes at a price. Research has shown that homemade meals tend to be healthier than takeaway.

Why is fast food unhealthy? ›

Fast food is typically loaded with calories, sodium, and unhealthy fat—often enough in one meal for an entire day. It also tends to be low in nutrients and almost totally lacking in fruit, vegetables, and fiber. That doesn't mean you have to avoid fast food entirely.

Can you think of other ways to ensure that meal time is an enjoyable experience for the family? ›

Regular family meals let you catch up with each other and enjoy healthy food together. Set aside regular time for family meals. Get everyone involved in choosing and preparing family meals. Reward behaviour like using good manners and trying new foods.

What are advantages of eating out in restaurants? ›

Benefits of Eating Out
  • You Get to Try New Foods.
  • Spend Quality Time With Loved Ones.
  • Saves You Time Cooking.
  • The Bottom Line.
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Why is eating out so unhealthy? ›

"Restaurant meals are also higher in fat, sugar, and sodium and tend to be higher in refined grains and lower in fiber." There was a non-significant association of frequent restaurant meals with cardiovascular and cancer mortality, which the researchers say can be explained by the relatively small sample size.

What are the effects of social eating? ›

Social meals are enjoyable, which makes the meal more fun and better tasting, and bonds people together. Social eaters are happier in most aspects of their lives. Moreover, eating with our families not only binds us to them and is enjoyable, but helps us to eat healthier meals.

Have you ever thought about the way that you cook can have a negative impact on the environment in what way can cooking affect the environment? ›

Inefficient combustion of solid fuels like wood, charcoal, animal dung, crop residue, and coal produces a range of climate-damaging emissions. Cooking this way not only releases greenhouse gases (GHGs) like carbon dioxide (CO2), but also short-lived climate pollutants (SLCPs).

Is baking good for the environment? ›

Baking soda is derived from natural resources, making it an environmentally friendly alternative to chemicals like bleach. Mining baking soda does give it a secondhand environmental impact due to the mining and processing stages, but even then it still has a smaller impact than synthetic cleaners.

Is cooking more than just a necessity? ›

It is more than just charring food to provide sustenance. It is a common ground for all people. Everyone must eat. The saying "You are what you eat" is very true.
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