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by Dr.Diet, Diet.com's Medical Director

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A strong correlation has been found between consumers who are trying to eat more healthfully and those who eat dinner at home almost every day. Seventy-one percent of shoppers surveyed believe that foods they eat at home are healthier than meals eaten out. This “Shopping for Health” 2006 survey was based on a national telephone survey of more than 1000 adults in July, 2006.

Family Dinners Key to Healthy Eating: FMI/Prevention Study
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Dr. Diet weighs in:

I would love to see the “family dinner” make a comeback.

So often, though, families are torn in different directions with car-pooling their children to and from after school activities and both spouses juggling work and after-work responsibilities.

Even if you’re just “assembling” quick meals on-the-run, that “family meal” time should be a cherished time for all family members " for many reasons:

--it’s good for everyone’s nutritional health (studies have shown that foods cooked at home tend to be lower in fat, calories and sodium and higher in fiber than foods eaten outside the home)

--it’s good for family relationships and enhances bonding

--it’s good for your pocketbook (eating at home is usually less expensive than eating out)

--it’s where those small family memories that last a lifetime are created

Yes, in our overscheduled and hurried world, there are lots of barriers to making time for “family meals” but there’s also a long list of benefits that far outweigh the negatives.

@ 8:00pm ET on December 28, 2006
Wow! I totally concur! Weight maintenance, let alone weight loss, is easier to manage when we eat at home! I lost weight during May & June, but starting in July, circumstances have prevented me from maintaining the earlier diligence with eating at home and carefully planning purchases. I've certainly noticed the difference on the pocket book and the belt loop! Glad to know of this study.

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