Which gender can cook better

(dge) Anyone who “zaps” through the channels while watching TV can watch prominent chefs preparing exquisite dishes. But what about in your own kitchen - who still bothered to prepare a warm meal today? It is still women who cook the most. 61% in Germany do this almost every day. If they have children to look after, the number rises to just under 68%. A good third of women cook one to four times a week, only 3% never. After all, 40% of men are at the stove almost every day. This is shown by the results of the 13th DGE nutrition report. The data basis is the study on adult health in Germany (DEGS1) with 6,956 participants.

Single or family person, full or part time - which women cook?

Single women cook less often than women who live with their families. Women who work only partially or not at all cook more often than full-time workers. Since working people have less time to cook during the day, they are more likely to take advantage of out-of-home offers. Women with a simple education tend to cook more often than those with an intermediate or higher education. Cooking frequency and thus eating habits vary greatly between generations. Younger women cook much less often than older women. 7.1% of women under 30 never cook, and just under 40% cook almost every day. In contrast, among women over 65 years of age, almost 82% prepare a warm meal almost every day. Since they are no longer employed, they can organize their time more flexibly. In addition, senior women show more traditional behaviors.

How often do men cook?

40% of men prepare a warm meal almost every day, almost 44% do this one to four times a week. 16% never cook. Only about 24% of the male singles cook almost every day, almost 18% never cook.

As with women, the frequency of cooking increases with age: 31% of those under 30 cook for themselves almost every day. For men between 30 and 64 years of age, between 35% and 39% cook almost daily, for senior citizens 61%.

Cooking frequency
Women
Single
household
Multi-person
household without
children
Multi-person
household with
Children
almost daily46,6 %63,40 %67,8 %
1 to 4 times
per week
48,5 %33,8 %30,3 %
never4,9 %2,8 %1,8 %
Cooking frequency
Men
Single
household
Multi-person
household without
children
Multi-person
household with
Children
almost daily23,5 %44,8 %38,4 %
1 to 4 times
per week
58,6 %39,0 %46,8 %
never17,9 %16,3 %14,8 %

Self-cooking favors healthy food choices

The 13th DGE nutrition report clearly shows that both women and men who prepare their own meals more often consume more vegetables and fruit, but less sweets, snacks and sweetened drinks. Women who cook almost every day eat over 40% more fruit and more than twice as many vegetables than those who never cook. However, they also have a higher total food consumption. They consume 10 times fewer snacks and only drink just under 60% of the amount of sweetened drinks than women who never cook themselves.

Those who cook themselves can choose the food more consciously. This offers a good opportunity to expand nutritional knowledge and to positively influence eating behavior. "Cooking means more effort, but it's worth it," says Dr. Helmut Oberritter, managing director of the DGE. "We have a large number of good and fresh food as well as simple recipes available, so that we can bring a balanced meal to the table in a short time," said Oberritters' conclusion. “This works if we primarily select fresh food, consume finished products only occasionally, combine them with vegetables and fruit and focus more often on enjoyment.” The DGE project “Geprüfte IN FORM-Rezepte” provides a guide to help you at a glance to recognize a balanced recipe or dish.

The 13th DGE nutrition report

The 13th DGE nutrition report is available under Article No. 216300 available from DGE-MedienService at a price of 32.00 EUR plus shipping costs. The volume also contains the DGE nutrition report on CD-ROM and can also be obtained from bookshops (ISBN: 978-3-88749-256-4).