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Michigan: Home-Cooked Meals Linked to Higher Diet Quality But Lower-Income Americans Still Fall Behind

Americans who cook meals at home frequently are more likely to have an overall better quality diet, but the association between cooking at home and diet quality differs between high- and low-income populations, according to a new study by University of Michigan School of Public Health researchers.

The study, published in Public Health Nutrition, highlights the importance of promoting meal preparation and cooking at home as key strategies for improving eating habits across the United States, said Dr. Julia Wolfson, assistant professor of health management and policy at Michigan Public Health and lead author of the study.

The study found that:

“More must be done to help ensure that all people, no matter how frequently they cook, or their level of income, are able to consume a healthy diet,” Dr. Wolfson said.

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