In a recent article in PARADE, an article was featured called "What America Really Eats." It features statistics on what America eats now, especially now that we are in a recession, and just how we eat in general. NBC's Brian Williams had a follow-up commentary on the article.
How are Americans responding to the recession in terms of eating and food?
Here are some interesting statistics on America's eating habits:
-59% have cut back on meat due to rising costs
-33% ignore expiration dates (40% expired bread, 30% canned goods)
-53% would pick up their hamburger, hot dog, ice cream cone, pretzel, or any food that hit the floor and eat it within five seconds of hitting the floor
-54% brew coffee at home or work
-71% always wash fruits and vegetables before eating
-21% won't go more exotic than sushi
-35% prepare meals from scratch
-28% buy more products in bulk
-1/3 said one thing they wouldn't give up is a balanced diet
-48% eat out less than they used to
-21% have their own vegetable gardens
(Vegetable gardens are now a $1.4 billion-a-year industry)
-61% rely on coupons and sales when buying food
-42% have switched to less expensive brands of food
-47% resist the urge to splurge on nonessentials on their shopping trips
-66% would never try to pass off prepared food as their own
So, what do you think of these figures?