(June 1) This is not your grandmother’s kitchen.

Full-time working women only spend an average of 38-46 minutes each day for meal preparation, according to a U.S. Department of Agriculture Economic Research Service study.

Constance Newman, economist with the ERS, said the study, called “Who has time to cook?,” measured only preparation time, and did not elaborate on what food groups women and men used under various scenarios.

Newman said the study was the first of its kind, so there is no way to compare how time use today compares with some point in the past. Although the study didn’t judge the nutritional value of meals prepared, researchers plan to look at that issue with another study, she said.

Women not working outside the home spend an average of 70 minutes a day preparing food for all three meals, while women who work part-time spend 53-56 minutes. Full-time working women spend an average of 38-46 minutes, according to the study.

Time-crunched women shouldn’t forget to add fruits and vegetables to their meals, said Elizabeth Pivonka, president of the Wilmington, Del.-based Produce for Better Health Foundation.

Responding to the study, PBH issued a news release to consumer media outlets on May 30 stressing convenience-oriented fruit and vegetable options. The release also directed consumers to www. fruitsandveggiesmorematters.org.

“We are hearing the same things, that moms know they should be (using) more fruits and vegetables, but they need some ideas on how to do it fast and easily,” she said.