“Ice cream is one of America’s most popular desserts, reports Consumer Reports. Almost 90% of people surveyed by the market research firm Mintel said they had purchased it in the previous six months. As a cool finale to a Memorial Day cookout or a special sidekick to go with apple pie, it’s hard to beat. For health-conscious eaters, though, the high fat, sugars, and calorie counts prevent ice cream from being a regular snack, even during the dog days of summer.”
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“In honor of National Frozen Food Day, Consumer Reports asked dietitians to share some pros and cons of frozen foods: products worth stocking your freezer with and pitfalls to avoid.”
“Nutritionists advise preparing more of your meals at home, and for good reason: Doing so raises the nutritional quality of your diet, according to Consumer Reports. Studies have shown that home cooking fans may get more fruits and vegetables and less sodium and unhealthy fats than those who dine out, or do take out, frequently. And they tend to weigh less and have a lower risk of type 2 diabetes, too.”
Americans and Brits are increasingly saying “I’ll take the fish,” according to new research from Cargill. In its latest Feed4Thought survey, Cargill found that, over the past five years, 44% of American and British consumers surveyed had added more fish to their diets. Poultry came in a close second, followed by beef and pork.
While 85% of Americans say they know how to eat right, more than half flunked a basic quiz on dietary facts and weight loss. The MDVIP Fat IQ Survey, conducted by Ipsos Public Affairs, reveals contradictory behaviors relating to obesity and weight management and explores deeper motivations that may stimulate lifestyle changes and offer Americans a higher probability of losing weight successfully.
Grains, like quinoa, amaranth, farro, and spelt, which were eaten on a daily basis by ancient civilizations, are growing in popularity again with today’s consumers because of their perceived health benefits compared to processed wheat grains, The NPD Group reports.
How Americans relate to what they eat has undergone a substantial shift in the past couple of decades. What was once a source of fuel for everyone, and a source of solace and pleasure for many people, is now a vehicle for self-expression, a point of pride, a political statement, a declaration of identity and much more.
A new study sponsored by The Quaker Oats Center of Excellence suggests that your breakfast cereal choice can affect how full you feel and how much you eat for lunch, especially if you’re overweight.
Portion control is a tenet of healthy eating, and it appears that consumers are increasingly aware of the importance of managing the portion size of the foods they eat, according to The NPD Group. According to the market research report, 43% of the adults surveyed indicated that they ate smaller portions always or most of the time in the past year. An even greater percentage of adult consumers (57%) aspire to eat smaller portions in the coming year, suggesting that this healthy eating strategy will become more important in the future.
In order to lure back customers to an already over-crowded breakfast marketplace, restaurant operators will need to give consumers what they want—and according to latest research from Mintel, that’s a healthy breakfast, as 66% of restaurant-goers say they are interested in healthier breakfast options. Consumers who eat breakfast out say healthy breakfast options are the most important factor when selecting a breakfast spot. And as menu labeling laws go into effect, the demand for better-for-you options is expected to continue. “Once customers see how much fat and calories are in their favorite breakfast foods, they will be more inclined to try a healthier alternative, and restaurant operators should adjust their menus accordingly,” says Eric Giandelone, director of foodservice research at Mintel.
According to a new report by The NPD Group, weight loss and living longer are the prime motivators for maintaining healthy eating habits for the younger generations. Living longer and feeling good take on greater importance among older generations; and losing weight is less important to these consumers. Underlying these motivations to eat healthier, are the key lifestyle drivers behind most consumers’ eating decisions – convenience, taste, and affordability. “It comes down to focusing on the motivators for healthier eating. The first step is to make sure that messages are relevant to the group of consumers being targeted as motivations vary by generation,” says Dori Hickey, director of product development at NPD and author of the report. “At the same time, it’s important not to lose sight of the taste, convenience, and value. These are primary drivers of food choice overall for all generations.”
Americans are looking for more healthful options at restaurants and other foodservice outlets but define healthy eating based on quality features, such as fresh, natural and nutritious ingredients, rather than fewer calories, according to new research from The NPD Group. However, menu prices will continue to pose a dilemma for restaurants this year as operators struggle with rising commodity costs and consumers who remain focused on value, according to a new study by AlixPartners LLP. Survey respondents expect to spend 5% less on each meal at restaurants this year, or an average of $12.90 per meal versus $13.60 in 2010. “This focus on saving money, coupled with the desire to eat healthier will put pressure on companies to take a hard look at their menus and the price-value equation they’re presenting to the increasingly frugal and health-conscious consumer,” said Adam Werner, a managing director at AlixPartners.