Survey Habits in Germany: Nutrition Report 2019 published

by Editor fleischwirtschaft.com
Friday, January 11, 2019
The Germans pay attention to a varied diet. They are eating and shopping more and more consciously - these are the most important findings of this year's nutrition report.
Photo: BMEL
The Germans pay attention to a varied diet. They are eating and shopping more and more consciously - these are the most important findings of this year's nutrition report.

The Germans pay attention to a varied diet. They are eating and shopping more and more consciously - these are the most important findings of this year's nutrition report. The results of the annual representative survey of 1000 consumers were presented by Federal Nutrition Minister Julia Klöckner and Forsa Managing Director Manfred Güllner.

Food should taste good, according to 99% of respondents. 91% of the respondents said that healthy eating is important. The Germans, for example, pay attention to a varied diet.

71% eat fruit and vegetables every day. 64% consume dairy products such as yoghurt and cheese every day. 28% eat meat and sausage products every day. 6% of those surveyed eat vegetarian food. Vegans are only 1%.

Consumers know that too much sugar and fats are unhealthy. 84% of respondents are therefore in favour of adding less sugar to finished. 71% think it is important that finished products contain less sugar, 68% want less unhealthy fats and 38% less salt.

Quality aspects are also taken into account in the labelling of foodstuffs: for 84%, the legally prescribed information on ingredients and additives is important. Almost all respondents (95%) would like children to learn the basics of healthy nutrition at school, thus underpinning the BMEL's commitment to nutrition education.

The majority of Germans (74%) likes to cook. However, many do not manage to cook regularly in everyday life: 40% cook daily. Two to three times a week, 37% are at the stove.

Almost three quarters of the respondents (73%) go to a restaurant at least once a month; 20% go to a canteen at least once a week. 60% shop at least several times a week - last year only just under one in ten could be supplied with food.

More and more people want to shop responsibly and want to know how food is produced: 70% consider species-appropriate animal husbandry to be very important. 81% therefore want a state animal welfare label on their food. 68% want agriculture to use natural resources sparingly. 64% attach importance to fair wages in agriculture.

Since 2016, the BMEL has published the nutrition report "Germany, how it eats" on the basis of a representative survey conducted by the opinion research institute forsa among around 1000 German citizens aged 14 and over on their eating and shopping habits.

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