2020 IFIC Food and Health Survey finds that 85% of people report altered food intake during pandemic
I'm intrigued with nutrition surveys having seen so many trends and "food fads" over the 4+ decades of my career. Recently, the International Food and Information Council (IFIC) conducted their annual Food and Health Survey. No surprise that the impact of the pandemic is profound on Americans eating patterns.
According to the 2020 survey, 85% of people have altered their food habits as a result of the pandemic, with cooking at home more being the top reported change (selected by 60% of respondents). Snacking more (32%), washing fresh produce more (30%), and thinking about food more than usual (27%) were also popular responses. 41% of respondents under 35 said they are snacking more than normal (compared to 26% of respondents age 50+). Additionally, 41% of parents with children under 18 are snacking more (versus 29% without children).
These changes don't necessarily translate negatively on diet quality and health, but certainly warrant the need for evidence-based, credible nutrition information and guidance in the media and marketplace.