Food News: Healthy Eating More Difficult Than Doing Taxes?

by in Food News, June 11, 2012
Is eating well even tougher than doing taxes?

Navigating healthy eating doesn’t have to be tricky—yet knowing what to eat (and more importantly, what not to) stumps most Americans. In fact, according to a recent online survey, 52 percent of Americans think it’s easier to do their own taxes than it is to pick a healthy meal.

In particular, men, people lacking a college degree, overweight adults and those with high blood pressure, heart disease or high cholesterol were most likely to say they find it harder to know what they should or shouldn’t eat.

Based on data from the International Food Information Council Foundation’s 2012 Food & Health Survey taken by more than 1,000 men and woman ages 18 to 80, nine out of 10 people polled described their health as good or better, yet eating healthy was consistently a challenge for most.

Only one in seven people surveyed could correctly estimate the number of calories needed to maintain their weight, while more than half of those surveyed felt that enjoying what they were eating was more important than worrying too much about the meals ingredients.

More Interesting Findings from the Study:

  • Men said they were more challenged by consistently eating a healthful diet (60%) than they were by remaining physically active (40%). The opposite was true for women, with 44% finding it harder to eat well and 56% finding it more difficult to get regular exercise.
  • About two-thirds of parents polled worry more about the healthfulness of their children’s diets than their own.
  • Three out of four of people felt that changes in nutrition advice make it hard to know what information to believe.

Tell us: Do you find picking healthy meals harder than doing taxes?

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Comments (14)

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  2. Robert J. Biedermann says:

    Here is a Question I have wondered about for years. When you take bones out of a fish or chicken or any other animal you are boning the meat, not DEboning. Why does Giada always say Debone??? Before one teaches they should know, don't you think? It may be correct to say DEbone but I think it is the second choice of definition. Of course the question is then what word do you use if you are adding bones to something? But why would you add the bones back?

  3. Linda says:

    I don't find it difficult eating healthy because I stay well informed and spend time learning about foods and their nutritional content. I know many people who say they find the news and media on nutrition confusing. And It can be. I guess it boils down to do you really want to know. Do you really care enough to find out about the food you eat. It's pretty easy these days to check nutrition and calorie content of foods.

  4. Benjamin says:

    Well..its quite correct . Most of us don't know what diet is good for our health and this lack of knowledge leads to obesity, and many other diseases. further food quality that we order and eat ,matters a lot… . is working similarly as food network on to enhance the quality of food being served to the community…:)

  5. James Andrey says:

    Nearly everyone was making an effort to improve at least one aspect of their eating habits, with eating more fruits and vegetables.

    James Andrey
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  8. richard dauz says:

    even when i work out, i eat more than i have to. plus, bad food is a lot cheaper than the healthy stuff and im not rich.

  9. When I first saw this title Food News: Healthy Eating Harder Than Doing Taxes | Healthy Eats – Food Network Healthy Living Blog on google I just whent and bookmark it. Write more, thats all I have to say. Literally, it seems as though you relied on the video to make your point. You clearly know what youre talking about, why waste your intelligence on just posting videos to your weblog when you could be giving us something enlightening to read?

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