People in India and Ukraine spend just over 13 hours a week cooking, compared to the international average of less than six-and-a-half hours each week, a recent study revealed. 

They are followed by South Africa, where its citizens on an average spend nine-and-a-half hours on culinary activities; Indonesia, where people spend more than eight hours a week; and Italy, with seven hours a week. 

The research, conducted by Germany-based market researcher GfK, said the countries where people spent the least amount of time cooking each week were Brazil (slightly more than five hours), Turkey (slightly less than five hours) and South Korea (less than four hours), possibly due to the popularity of their inexpensive street food carts. 

The research was conducted by interviewing over 27,000 people aged 15 and above in Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Britain, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Mexico, Poland, Russia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, Ukraine and the U.S. 

The study further said globally, 29 percent of people claim to have great knowledge and experience about food and cooking, but this was led by women at 34 percent, compared to just 25 percent of men. 

“Breaking this down into individual countries, South Africa and India top the list, with around half of people (50 and 48 percent, respectively) agreeing, or agreeing strongly, that this applies to them. 

“Also in the top five are Turkey and Ukraine at 40 percent each and Indonesia at 38 percent,” the study said. 

It further revealed that women spend over seven-and-a-half hours per week preparing dishes while men spend five hours a week.

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