By Christian Sosa ’20
While cooking itself is not exactly difficult, it can take time to get consistently good results. Cooking can also get rather boring since the amount of time it takes depends on what you are making. For example, making scrambled eggs can take roughly 7-10 minutes while something rice (the way I make it) can take up to 45 minutes.
Even though cooking can seem mundane, it has its benefits. For one, making your own food allows you to know what it is you are eating, helps to save your money, and leaves you with a good feeling when you make something that tastes good.
The Benefits of Cooking
Making your own food is cheaper and healthier than buying fast food. A McDonald’s Big Breakfast can set you back $5.49 while a carton of dozen eggs only costs $1.49 at Costco. Additionally, the Big Breakfast has 1490 grams of sodium and 465 grams of cholesterol whereas some homemade eggs can have 65 grams of sodium and 195 grams of cholesterol.
A national health and nutrition survey also found that people who make their own food consume 137 fewer calories daily along with 3 grams less fat and 16 grams less sugar. Though it may not seem like much, those calories can add up. Another practical benefit of cooking is that you are able to make the food you are craving and be able to cut out certain foods for a specific diet.
Cooking also has a few good effects on the brain: boosting self-esteem, confidence, happiness, etc. Cooking can also release dopamine through the feeling of accomplishment or through the joy felt when someone else enjoys your cooking.
Benefits of Learning how to Cook
While cooking can vary in difficulty based on what it is you are trying to make, overall, it takes the most time to be consistent with what you are trying to make.
Of course, there are a variety of ways to learn how to cook: being taught by a parent, following recipes, or even going to school for it. But what these ways have in common is being able to understand that learning to cook takes consistency and time.
Cooking and learning to cook, makes you work your brain and leaves you with a positive feeling when you finally succeed, like learning any other skill.
Possible Dissenting Opinions and Conclusion
Some may argue that cooking takes too much time to do and try. That cooking may be too difficult, or some may even use the old stereotype: women do the cooking in the household.
These are valid arguments (except for the last one-that’s just dumb) that can simply be answered with the fact that, like any other skill, cooking does take time to get the hang of. But knowing how to cook can have a greater payoff in terms of health, finances, and even mental health.
In short, it is worth learning to cook as it will come in handy as a skill for general life.