Is the Kitchen the New Man Cave? More Men Take Up Cooking
Posted 1/9/2017 by UHBlog
In the black and white world of TV Land and Antenna TV, the kitchen is most often the domain of the missus, impeccably adorned in a dress and a curiously spotless apron. In the real world of today, however, men are increasingly active in culinary endeavors at home. In fact, according to a recent Wall Street Journal report, professional kitchen designers are increasingly considering the male perspective in their planning.
“Men pride themselves as being carnivores and grill masters,” says family medicine specialist Melvin Glover, MD. “Guys seem to love fried foods more than women do. There are many benefits to preparing meals at home compared to going out for fast food, and many men have fun in the kitchen. But it’s important not to lose sight of eating food that will keep your body healthy.”
According to Dr. Glover, there are ways to ensure mealtime is both fun and healthy by:
- Adding more fruits and vegetables. Whether you’re at the stove or the outdoor grill, plenty of fruits and vegetables are essential to a healthy diet. He suggests four to five servings of each throughout the day.
- Eating more fiber. Adequate fiber in your meals helps to keep you full, so that you tend to eat less. That helps to control your caloric intake.
- Consuming less meat. “People like me like to be known as grill masters,” Dr. Glover says. “But it’s good to limit red meat, which is high in cholesterol. You might consider having oily fish – like salmon – at least a couple times a week. It provides omega-3 fatty acids, which is good for heart health. When you cook beef or pork, choose lean, prime cuts. For poultry, cook breasts instead of legs and thighs, which are fattier.”
- Trying some vegetarian dishes. According to Dr. Glover, going meatless at least once or twice a week is also a healthy idea. Vegetarians tend to have a decreased risk of health risks like obesity, heart problems and diabetes.
“Vegetarians, however, should be sure that they plan ahead so that they get enough protein, iron, vitamins and calcium,” he says. “If you don’t eat meat or dairy, you may want to consider taking dietary supplements.”
- Shopping wisely. Learn to read grocery labels and educate yourself about fats, sugars, salts, preservatives and other undesirable components in the food you’re buying.
- Controlling portions. “One of the best things about cooking at home, as opposed to going to a restaurant, is that you can control the size of your portions,” Dr. Glover says. “Fast food places, especially, encourage you to super-size and overeat, increasing your calories and consumption of unhealthy fats.”
For guys who want to cook healthy meals without sacrificing their joy of taste, Dr. Glover suggests looking at the American Heart Association website. The association’s “Healthy Living” tab offers information such as recipes and tips about alternative ingredients to replace unhealthy ones.
“Being healthy doesn’t have to take the fun out of eating and cooking,” he says. “You can continue to enjoy food and continue to enjoy life.”
Melvin Glover, MD is a family medicine specialist at University Hospitals Twinsburg Family Medicine. You can request an appointment with Dr. Glover or any doctor online.