Diet has a major impact on health and quality of life. Nearly 80% of respondents assure that they eat healthily. But what does healthy mean for an average person? It is a still vivid belief that only 3 meals a day should be eaten (about 40%). The belief that a healthy meal is one that is varied should be considered a plus. About 35% of us attach importance to this feature, unfortunately, it is visible only at lunchtime, during the day we follow a sandwich diet. Preparing meals according to the principles of the food pyramid is considered right by about 30% of the respondents.
I know what is good and what is bad!
We are perfectly able to distinguish healthy products from unhealthy ones. Unfortunately, only in theory. Although fruits and vegetables are considered healthy and tasty, they are completely lost in the maze of products that should disappear from the diet or appear in it only occasionally. Without much resistance, we reach for fried, baked, or grilled meat, cold cuts, white bread, cakes, cookies, ice cream, sausage, or chocolate.
Why is there such a discrepancy? It probably results from insufficient knowledge or an attempt to reconcile healthy eating with the pleasure of eating. More than 80 percent of respondents associate eating with pleasure.
Yogurt, that’s something!
The researchers noted an interesting relationship between eating and not eating yogurt. It turns out that people in the first group (both represent about 15 percent of all respondents) were more conscious about arranging their menus and paid more attention to the nutritional value of food. Greater awareness goes hand in hand with the search for nutritional news and information about a healthy lifestyle.
The second group, the people who do not eat or eat yogurt very rarely, more often admit that they consume more calories than they need, much more often give in to temptation when they want something sweet. Interestingly, more than 20% of them are unable to assess the quality of their diet. According to the research, their menu is less varied, and although they know perfectly well which products are healthy, they perceive them as unpalatable and deliberately give them up.
What’s in a box …
We have the knowledge and we know what is good and what is bad, but despite all the declarations we still have problems with composing a healthy diet. According to researchers, this results from two basic factors. The first one is the cultural background and eating habits passed from generation to generation. They are usually so strong that giving them up, for the vast majority seems absolutely impossible.
The second factor significantly influencing the appearance and composition of the diet is the still believe that healthy food is simply bad and devoid of any taste qualities. And this is where the problem begins. Very often when faced with the choice between healthy and tasty and not necessarily healthy, we, unfortunately, choose the latter. Such choices are often made under the influence of fatigue or in a hurry.