1. Score A Date 

Cooking is an impressive skill to have nowadays. According to a survey from Impulse Research, nearly one third of Americans can’t cook, despite the tireless efforts of the Food Network. This may not go over well with your significant other, though. In our own survey, 80% of men and 83% of women prefer that their partner know how to cook. Apparently learning to cook keeps your love life sizzlin’!

2. Lower Cancer Risk

Nearly one third of the calories Americans consume on a daily basis come from restaurants, double the percentage of 30 years ago. With over a million new cases detected annually, the National Cancer Institute attributes 30% of cancer mortality in the US to diet. That’s 150,000 people each year. Learning to cook and having control over ingredients may significantly lower your risk.

3. Save Money

The BBQ Chicken you order from Brother Jimmy’s? It costs you about $20 after tax and tip. Hitting up the grocery store for chicken breast ($11), rice ($4) and summer squash ($5) will have you spending the same $20 for five meals instead of one! That puts $80 in your pocket for happy hour on Friday. Trust us, you’ll need it.

4. Promote Weight Management

On average, restaurant meals have 50% more calories, fat and sodium. Restaurant portions have supersized, increasing by five times in volume over the last 20 years alone! Plate size has also increased, going from 10 inches in 1990 to 12 inches in 2010. Home-cooking enables you to control serving sizes to combat overeating.

5. Improve Family Life

Sitting down to a homecooked meal has positive effects on the family. Encouraging family bonding and discussion, “frequent family meals are associated with lower risks of smoking, drinking alcohol, using marijuana and having depressive symptoms as well as increased grades in 11 to 18 year olds”  (Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, 2004).

6. Teach Children Nutrition and Chores

Encouraging children to explore in the kitchen exposes them to various ingredients, food groups and nutritional knowledge they will have for a lifetime. After all, food preferences are established growing up. Also, when each person is designated a dinner-related chore it emphasizes responsibility and teamwork.

7. Relieve Stress

Using certain herbs, spices and aromatics in your cooking elevates your mood:

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Energy

Rosemary or Lemon

Stress Relief

Lavender or Sage

Mood Booster

Mint or Basil

Sleep Aid

Peppermint or Chamomile

Upset Stomach Relief

Ginger or Cinnamon

Metabolism Booster

Cayenne Pepper or Cumin

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Sources
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/09/09/cooking-survey_n_955600.html
http://www.menuplanningcentral.com/articles/family-dinner.html
http://www.lifehack.org/articles/lifestyle/cut-stress-by-chopping-food-cooking-for-stress-relief.html
http://www.greenbiz.com/blog/2011/10/07/mark-bittman-cooking-solves-everything