North Americans have taken to the kitchen with more time at home because of the pandemic. People have been spending more time cooking meals, learning how to bake, and teaching their families some secret recipes. Cooking at home can be fun, educational, tasty, and healthy. Recently, a survey was done to determine how much we have changed our cooking habits over the past few weeks. Don’t forget that you can find some delicious and healthy recipes by clicking here!
Top 7 Pandemic Diet Statistics
- More than 50% of North Americans are cooking more right now, and over 45% are doing more baking. Those asked said being in the kitchen has raised their spirits and has brought more family bonding.
- The most sought-after recipes are for simple, practical meals. Sixty-one percent of those surveyed have searched for those on search engines like Google and Yahoo. Sixty percent have looked for ways to use up specific ingredients that may be in the pantry. Don’t forget to check the expiry dates on items you are “using” up.
- Fifty-seven percent of people say they’re wasting less food because of the lockdown. Since we are spending more time in the kitchen, using leftovers to create new meals has become common practice.
- At least 50% of people who’ve spent more time in the kitchen say it’s made them more confident in their cooking skills. And 35% are enjoying it more than they used to. People have been finding that cooking and baking have helped them find a way to lower their stress levels.
- Are we eating any healthier because of all this? Yes and no. Thirty-nine percent of people said their diet has improved, but 40% said they’ve leaned on more COMFORT foods to get through quarantine. Now and then, you can eat something unhealthy. But try to eat healthy to keep your body strong.
- Snacking throughout the day is at an all-time high, especially for parents. Fifty percent of people with kids said they’re eating more snacks than before the crisis hit. Some are eating because of boredom or stress. You could meditate, do some yoga, or even go outside and do some gardening instead of snacking on potato chips or a candy bar.
- Fifty-one percent of people who’ve been cooking more said they’ll keep it up when the lockdown ends. It seems like more people are finding some joy in cooking. Some of the top reasons to continue cooking are it’s cheaper, it’s healthier, it’s relaxing, and we like trying new foods.