Children who have more home-cooked meals are at lower risk of heart disease than those who frequently eat out, claimed a study published yesterday.
Pupils whose parents made proper meals from fresh ingredients had more "good cholesterol", lower blood pressure, and were more insulin sensitive than their peers who ate out four or more times per week.
The diets of those who had more fast food and restaurant meals included more sugar, salt, fat and starch.
The study was led by Dr Karen Olson, the executive director of the Cardiovascular Research and Education Foundation in Wausau, Wisconsin. She said: "We say we value physical activity and healthy eating, but in reality we're all about convenience and convenience foods because we have such busy schedules. ...