Around Fifty percent of Americans responding to an online survey claimed that they thought that it was easier to do their own taxes than it was to figure out how to eat healthfully. It has been stated that people lacking proper schooling, had high blood pressure, were overweight, had heart disease or high cholesterol found it harder to know what foods they should partake of.
These findings were released this month and designed to help measure Americans’ attitudes and beliefs about their diet, food choices, health, and this yearly survey was completed by more than 1,000 men and women aged 18 to 80.
In todays world around nine out of 10 people polled described their health as good or better, an upward trend from many previous surveys and although they considered themselves to be in good health, around one in four people said their diet is extremely or very healthful, while about one in five stated that their diet was not at all or not too healthful.
Almost everyone was making a grand effort to better at least one part of their eating habits, with eating more fruits and vegetables at the top of the list aster that the next most popular behavior fluctuated between drinking more water or low- and no-calorie beverages and cutting back on foods high in added artificial sugars, foods with HFCS or high fructose corn syrup, solid fats, and salt, eating more whole-grain foods, and eating smaller portions.
Men stated that they were more challenged by consistently eating a healthful diet than they were by remaining physically active. The other side of that coin was true for women, with over 30% finding it harder to eat well and 80% finding it more difficult to get regular exercise.
The survey also found that about 90% of those people polled had given at least a little thought to the ingredients found in their beverages and food and taste remains the No. 1 influence on food choices, followed by price, healthfulness, and convenience.
About two-thirds of parents polled worried more about the healthfulness of their children’s diets than their own.
One in seven people surveyed could correctly estimate the number of calories they need to maintain their weight.
Buyers check the expiration date and nutrition facts panel most often before making food purchases.
More than half of those surveyed felt that enjoying food is more important than worrying too much about what’s in it.
Three out of four people polled were confident in the safety of the country’s food supply, and nearly half felt imported food was less safe than domestic products.