Recession Changes Eating Habits

It’s Not All Bad News

One unintended consequence of the recession is that American eating habits have changed. Overall this is a good thing, because families are eating at home more often. This is certainly beneficial for children.

Meals prepared at home tend to be more nutritious and the time spent with the family around the kitchen table is invaluable. During mealtimes families bond together, share experiences and children learn to eat healthy foods.

New market data has revealed that 81 percent of Americans eat dinner at home and plan meals in advance.

The data from the NPD Group’s National Eating Trends reveals there has been a decline in eating out. Although the decline on eating out is slowing, visits to restaurants have continued to decline for two years.

Instead of eating fast food,
Ethan is enjoying a meal made at home.

When heading out to the grocery store, I have to have a list or I’m sure to forget the most important item I need. Turns out, the majority of U.S. shoppers make out a grocery list before going to the market, as well. According to the Before the Store report also by NPD Group, 94 percent of U.S. shoppers prepare a written shopping list prior to grocery shopping. Furthermore, their research found that “72 percent of shoppers never or only occasionally buy items not on the list.”

Woman of the household are more likely to be responsible for most of the grocery shopping and meal planning. Although, the grocery list preparation tends to be a family affair. Sixty percent of married and family households report family members contributed to the grocery list.

Food manufactures goal is to get their processed food on your shopping list. Processed food is less nutritious and more expensive. For better health and lower grocery bills, avoid processed food. Shopping from a comprehensive grocery list is the best way to accomplish this.

“For food and beverage manufacturers and retailers, it’s all about getting on the list,” said Ann Hanson, executive director of product development and author of the report. “With so many purchasing decisions being made at home where meals are being planned and shopping lists assembled, it’s important to focus on the consumer at home before they leave for the store.”

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One thought on “Recession Changes Eating Habits

  1. Rhonda Bolich-Lampo says:

    One thing I’ve found in meal preparation is when you use whole foods they are more filling, nutritious, and delicious. No articificial flavors, sweeteners, colors, or preservatives to mess with our bodies. Joann – you always have valuable information that you share with families. So often we forget about the basics. Thanks for the reminders!

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