Survey Habits in Germany: Nutrition Report 2019 published
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.