Crisis has changed our eating habits

15 October 2016
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Greek consumers are eating more and more fruit and vegetables, while consuming ever less meat, eggs and milk. This shift in eating habits comes not thanks to aims to eat more healthily, but rather due to the drop in household spending due to the continued crisis.

A survey conducted by the Consumers’ Protection Center (KEPKA) on Greeks’ eating habits – published this week – showed that bread, vegetables and fruit are now consumed daily.

Red meat, fish, fried potatoes and refreshments have been reduced to once a week. Chowing down on lamb or goat is today a monthly affair.

Greeks have cut down considerably on eating out and KEPKA also attributes that to the financial crisis.

Two out of every five respondents, or 39.7 percent, said they do not eat any meals away from home, compared with 25.28 percent in 2011. Once-a-week eating out is the habit of 31 percent of people, down from 37.6 percent in 2011.

Notably, the share of people who said they never eat out at fast-food restaurants rose from 48.96 percent in 2011 to 60.08 percent this year, which is attributed to the reduction in pocket money that Greek parents give their children these days.

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