Who wants to arrive home after a long day of work, only to step into the kitchen and start working again? Not many people.
That’s why so many people take the easier route. They’ll eat out instead or stop on the way home for takeout.
Though it is easier, is it better? Let’s examine some of the benefits of eating at home versus eating out.
You probably already realize that buying food from a restaurant is more expensive than cooking it yourself at home. But do you know home much more costly it is?
Check out the cost of eating out vs. cooking at home statistics published by Forbes. A restaurant meal costs on average five times more than a home-cooked meal. The study concluded that restaurant meals (with delivery charges, etc.) cost $20 per serving. Eating at home costs only $4.31 per serving.
If you eat out twice a day, you could save over $250 per month just by eating in instead!
One of the most significant benefits of home-cooked meals is knowing what is in your food. Many restaurants these days are aware of gluten, peanuts, and other common allergies. Plus, many offer vegetarian and vegan options.
However, there are other not-so-healthy ingredients like sulfites, MSG, and high quantities of sugar that you’d never know you’re eating. Long-term, these hidden ingredients can have serious adverse health effects.
It is harder to keep track of your calorie intake in the same vein. Portion control is more manageable at home, where you can serve yourself an adequate amount and put the rest in the fridge. When eating at a restaurant, most people feel compelled to finish their plate — and have you seen the portion sizes offered in restaurants?
Not to mention that the typical fast-food meal contains almost all of an individual’s daily recommended caloric intake. Try organic foods instead.
Without this concept, no list of eating out vs. eating at home pros and cons would be complete. You have your favorite things to eat. And your favorite way to prepare them.
Chefs in restaurants have no idea how to prepare food exactly how you like it. They prepare it according to their style.
Restaurant meals are delicious, but sometimes when you’re craving your favorite meal, you’re the only one who can cook it just the way you like it.
For those who live with their family or friends, cooking and sharing a meal is a beautiful pastime that everyone can enjoy. Home-cooked meals are significantly cheaper than eating out. Plus, you’ll know what’s actually in your food, and it’s easier to keep control of your portions (i.e., your weight). You also get to prepare your food exactly how you like it!