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28 July 2011

Home is where the healthy meal is

Home is known to be where people feel most content, and the positive emotions often associated with home-cooked meals may be part of the recipe for a healthy diet, a study shows.

Can a cosy dining table and nice music prompt people to reach for the greens and go light on dessert?

The findings, published in the issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, suggest that people who are in a good mood at home tend to prepare healthier meals – and feel more emotionally rewarded after eating them. That cycle of positive reinforcement was more pronounced at home than elsewhere.

 
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