The Benefits of Learning to Cook
In the past cooking in families was the norm. It would beÂ passed downÂ from parent to child as a means of survival and a way of sharing a cultural and informational lineage from one generation to the next. Yet somehow we have lost touch with our cooking roots andÂ arenâ€™tÂ cooking as much as we used to.
How has this happened?
There are quite a few factors as to why we have stopped cooking; one big reason I believe is because of the onslaught of packaged and convenienceÂ foods which definitely own the majority of our supermarket shelves and fast foodÂ ”restaurants”Â which pose as a more convenientÂ and cheaper way than cooking from our own kitchens.
Despite those reasons I’m here today to tell you there are benefits of learning to cook and cooking.
We do not have to be slavesÂ to the industries that provide our families with food void of nutritional value. We can learn to cook and cook for many great reasons.Â Here, Iâ€™m going to outline a few reasons why cooking can be beneficial for your health and why we should all try to learn how to do so.
- Taste- They say there is nothing like home cooking. Who doesnâ€™t have a relative orÂ friend who cooksÂ amazingly well? Learning to cook can help us achieve flavour greatness by learning what works and what doesnâ€™t work in the kitchen,Â and also how certain foods interact with each other (andÂ inÂ our own bodies). Cooking can help make the somewhat bland and uninteresting ingredients turn into decadent and enticing meals.
- Experience- We can broaden our horizons by cooking fromÂ different ethnic cuisines. Different foods can take us to different places and experience different tastes than what we are used to and so we can learn about different cultures through food.
- Quality- When we cook for ourselves we choose what goes in our food. We have the ultimate control over the quality of the ingredients.
- Convenience- Though some may disagree, I believe when we cook for ourselves we can make our meals more convenient by preparingÂ additionalÂ foods in advance, then we can have meals for on-the-go busy times.
- Health- When we cook for ourselves we can make more nutritious foods than we would find in packaged foods. We can even learn how to prepare foods so they are more nutritious!
- Pure & Real Ingredients- Cooking for yourself lets you choose the ingredients you want to use and you can make them as chemical free and artificial-anything free as you like!
- Food Brings People Together- Itâ€™s no wonder so many holidays are centered around or are celebrated with food. Itâ€™s because food brings people together.
- Independence- Learning to cook can give us a great sense of freedom and independence. Knowing you are able to cook for yourself can give you the satisfaction that you are looking after yourself and you can provide nourishing meals for yourself.
- Cost- So many foods cost a lot more when bought pre-packaged. Itâ€™s amazing how much cheaper it is to make your own versions of certain foods!
- Cultural Lineage- Teaching your family and/or loved ones to cook yourÂ familyâ€™sÂ recipes or your favourite culinary creations can be a way to pass down information that will live on forever through food. This can help provide your loved ones with a means for Â survival.
- Expression of Love- One of the greatest benefits of cooking, especially for others, is that by cooking you can express to others your love and show how you care for them.
‘How-To’ Series at HealthFoodLover.com
Here at Health Food Lover I’ve now created a new ‘how-to’ series which I will share with you from now on on how to cook many different things! It will be called “How To-___”, and each post in the series will have a different topic! The series starts next week with a post on ‘How to cut up a chicken (and use all of it well)’.