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Many People Eating Healthier, Wasting Less Food Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

According to the results of a recent survey, more and more people are eating healthier and wasting less food amid the global coronavirus lockdown.

People Are Eating Healthier During COVID-19 Lockdown, Survey Finds

Well, it seems like there is still some silver lining to be found in the COVID-19 pandemic despite being one of the deadliest pandemics that we have ever faced in a long time.

This is because, according to a recent survey, the lockdown that came as a result of the pandemic has left people with no choice but to get crafty and resourceful with their food, leading an increasing number of households to cook their own food, eat more fruits and vegetables and even waste less of them.

These findings were made via an analysis of answers to the survey taken by 11,000 people in 11 countries, which revealed that consumers reported that they purchased less microwave-ready food as well as less sweet and salty snacks.

“Consumption of salty, fat and sweet products usually goes up when people are under stress, but during the pandemic this heightened craving has been fulfilled in many countries with home-baked delicacies,” Charlotte De Backer, chairman of FOOMS, a research group on food and media at U. Antwerp, said.

The study, made by the University of Antwerp in collaboration with U. Ghent and U. Leuven, has also revealed that the pandemic is turning more and more of us into, well… self-proclaimed chefs of sorts. This is because the act of cooking in the kitchen is becoming a more common habit in countries and areas affected by the lockdown, which then leads to healthier food choices and meals.

The good news, per De Backer, is that these are the type of habits that are likely to last long after the pandemic because the people who have acquired it are already used to doing them every day.

In fact, the thousands of people that have taken up cooking amid the lockdown said that they’re now less stressed when it comes to cooking and now feel more creative, even bolder, in the kitchen space.

Diet and COVID-19 The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and health experts said it is important to maintain proper nutrition amid the COVID-19 pandemic and that people should get more foods that help boost the immune system. Pixabay

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