If you’ve ever watched Giada de Laurentiis make gooey chocolate-hazelnut spread or a rich carbonara pasta dish, you may have wondered: How can she cook like this and maintain her slim figure?
Well, sorry to say, but a new study published in the journal Appetite suggests that many of of us home cooks who watch cooking shows can’t pull this off.
…a study published in the journal Preventive Medicine found that the more time middle-aged women spent cooking at home, the more likely they were to develop symptoms of metabolic syndrome, which increases the risk of heart disease and diabetes.
Source: Do TV Cooking Shows Make Us Fat?
As the saying goes: “Never trust a skinny cook”. The people who watched but did not cook were only 11 lbs less on average than those who watched and cooked.
Home cooking wasn’t found to be the panacea it’s claimed to be. Home cooking, compared to eating out or buying prepared foods, wasn’t found to be much better but there’s no detail about what has consumed. No mention of vegetarianism, gluten free, etc. So I infer that the issue isn’t the nutrition of the home cooking but the portion control. There’s less guilt thinking that you’re eating something healthy, but forgetting the part that comes up in my posts about vitamin K content – large portions can erode value very quickly.
This appears to have been a cross-sectional study. That means that it is just a snap shot of a given time and it is imperative to not draw causative conclusions. It is extremely difficult to tell direction of association in cross-sectional studies. That is, without additional work to parse out the mechanism here, one could also suggest that maybe women with high BMIs preferentially seek out cooking shows and learn to cook from scratch, rather than cooking shows + cooking from scratch leading to a high BMI.