Why it is important
How you cook affect the level of nutritional value. For example, steam cooking retain nutritional values better over other cooking methods. When you eat and how often is also essential. People who regularly eat lunch they didn’t prepare at work are more likely to be obese, and tend to have lower levels of vitamins and high cholesterol.
Eating together as a family can improve children's nutritional health. Families who rarely or never turn on the TV during meals were less likely to eat chips, soda and other junk foods.
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