May 14, 2012
Women Say Cost of Food Hampers Healthy Eating
Women find many excuses not to eat healthy and many feel bad about it, but according to a new national poll in the June 2012 issue of ShopSmart magazine, the cost of healthful foods is the top deterrent that keeps 57 percent of women from doing so.
The report also highlights common healthy-eating obstacles and ways to overcome them, and outlines seven little tricks that can help folks eat better.
“Eating healthy can be challenging for many women, especially when we are surrounded by temptations,” said Lisa Lee Freeman, ShopSmart editor in chief. “It can be easy to make excuses, but if you know how to shop for the right foods, healthy eating can become a choice so easy that it becomes as automatic as reaching for the phone to order a pizza.”
Here are some additional findings from ShopSmart’s poll about women’s habits and feelings about healthy eating:
- The majority of women (88 percent) make excuses for not eating healthful foods, with cost (57 percent) being the most popular excuse.
Here are seven tried-and-true tricks that can result in better eating if you make them a habit, and that savvy grocers can leverage for in-store promotions:
1. Eat breakfast. Even if you’re not hungry, grab a combo of low-fat dairy, whole grains, fruit and a little protein. It can set a healthy tone for the day, fuel your mind and body, and prevent overeating at lunch.
The telephone survey of random households polled 1,016 female consumers to address their behaviors and attitudes regarding their eating habits. Interviewing took place March 1-11.
Launched in fall 2006 by Consumer Reports, ShopSmart is published 10 times year and features product reviews, shopping tips on how to get the most out of products and “best of the best” lists.
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