Nutrition experts predict that most Americans may be slightly more concerned with the economy than, say, their antioxidant consumption in the months ahead.
If that's the case, the quest for a healthful and cost-conscious diet suggests Americans will be eating more meals cooked at home, upping their produce and whole-grain intake and eschewing sodium. "It's the back-to-basics bailout diet," says Shelley McGuire, professor of nutrition at Washington State University in Pullman.
More and more people are realizing the health benefits of whole grains, says Joan Salge Blake, clinical assistant professor of nutrition at Boston University, who predicts that the year ahead could be a good one for popcorn (which is, in fact, a whole grain). Studies have shown that a diet rich in whole grains -- barley, oats, brown rice and newly trendy quinoa are other examples -- can help reduce the risk of heart disease, diabetes and stroke.
The high-fiber content of whole grains, which confers many of their health benefits, also means that "they fill you up but don't fill you out," Blake adds.
Whole grains also lend themselves to hearty, home-cooked meals, Blake says.
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It goes on to point out that a lot of people will still be eating out because they don't know how to cook.
Y'all need to fix that.
Cooking isn't rocket science, it can be as full on technical as you want it to be but it is essentially about paying attention to what you are doing.
Cookbooks are cheap and there are scads of cooking shows on television.
Get out there and start boiling some water!
Start small, make a simple breakfast and work your way up.
I helped my Grandmothers cook when I was just a little shaver and could feed myself and my brother at nine years old, all by myself, and did quite often.
It isn't that hard to make basic food,especially forty years later, they have so many convenience foods that all you have to do is add water or some other basic ingredients and heat it up.
As they say, practice makes perfect.