The sprawling of restaurants and fast food eateries in every nook and corner, bylanes has made it easier for all of us to get ready-made food of our choice.
More so the home delivery option has made things even more simpler and easier. Just one call and then the food of your choice is delivered at your door-step.
According to a study, keeping aside homemade food and consuming junk food like burger, french fries and eating outside, not just leads one to gain weight but it also increases the risk for developing diabetes, especially type 2 diabetes.
These foods might be rich in energy but they are relatively poor in nutrients. This could lead to weight gain, which is, in turn, associated with an increased risk of type 2 diabetes, said Qi Sun from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.
The findings of the study showed that the people who consumed five-seven evening meals prepared at home during a week had a 15 per cent lower risk of type 2 diabetes than those who consumed two such meals or fewer in a week.
A smaller, but still statistically significant, reduction was apparent for those who consumed more midday meals prepared at home.
Behavioural changes like increasing exercise and improving dietary habits were among the other diabetes prevention strategies.
For the study, the team employed large prospective datasets, in which the US healthcare professionals, both men and women, were followed-up for long periods with a rigorous collection of data on health indicators, including self-reported information on eating habits and occurrence of diabetes.
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Apart from diabetes, consuming homemade food has several other health benefits. It prevents one from getting stomach ache, prevents food poisoning, which might arise due to bacterial infection, and also prevents one from getting indigestion-related problems and constipation.
With Inputs From IANS