IELTS Task 2 Writing
Many people say that cooking and eating at home is better for the individual and family than eating out in restaurants or canteens. Do you agree or disagree?
Write at least 250 words.
The ritual of eating is of fundamental importance to people. Nowadays, individuals have a choice to eat homemade meals, order in, or go out to restaurants. People’s dietary habits of food source and venue have a significant impact on their quality of life. I strongly believe that making and consuming food at home on a regular basis is better than eating out, as it leads to physical and social well being for the individual and family. (76 words)
Meals prepared at home are usually healthier than those made in restaurants and therefore support a better diet and physical development. Meals that are made in one’s own kitchen are prepared in small quantities rather than in bulk and the ingredients are carefully selected from markets for quality and taste. In addition, the cooking environment is hygienic to ensure that the individual and family are both satisfied with meals and kept from any potential food-related illness. For instance, my mother regularly buys organic ingredients from the local farmers market and makes incredibly healthy meals that have helped me to grow into a strong and healthy adult. This is one of two reasons that homemade food is preferable to eating out.
A second reason that consuming food daily around the dining room table at home is better is that it contributes to the mental and emotional stability and communication of family members. Eating at home gives individuals both privacy and comfort that is unattainable in restaurants, and they can express their problems and personality so that they can form deep, meaningful relationships with siblings, parents and spouses. I have a very strong bond with my father because growing up I always had a chance to tell him my daily triumphs and tribulations around the diner table at home, such as winning or losing a game of basketball in high school. This would have been difficult to do if my father had been taking us out to eat all the time.
In conclusion, the custom of eating, specifically the place of cooking and consuming meals is best done at home. The reason I am in strong favor of this notion is that nutrition should be considered strongly in light of physical and social wellness first and foremost. It is therefore advisable that each individual take this into consideration when forming their regular daily eating customs and choice of location for food.