If you are struggling with anxiety, depression, or another mental health issue, you might consider taking a cooking class. In a new study published in the journal Frontiers in Nutrition, Australian researchers studied over 650 adults who took a 7-week cooking course. People who participated in the cooking program saw significant improvements in general health and mental health compared to the control group. The researchers speculated that the cooking program helped many participants gain knowledge about healthy eating. But even participants who didn’t make any changes to their diets after the program still reported improved mental health. It seems likely that cooking classes offer people a sense of community, as well as building their cooking confidence.
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