By SWNS Staff
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According to new research, four in 10 Americans think being picky eaters keeps them from trying new foods, especially vegetables.
A recent poll of 2,122 Americans found that 38% won’t try a new vegetable simply because they’re too picky, and 16% say they can’t cook other vegetables outside of their comfort zone. .
And just 30% are confident they eat a balanced diet most of the time, with one in four (26%) admitting they only eat healthy sometimes.
Conducted by OnePoll on behalf of Bolthouse Farms, the study explored the motivating factors behind people’s eating habits, as well as Americans’ relationship with vegetables, revealing the most popular produce in the kitchen.
When it comes to vegetables, people are truly creatures of habit – 62% said they always buy the same vegetables when shopping for produce.
The most popular vegetables purchased each week are potatoes (61%), lettuce (61%), onions (55%) and carrots (53%).
Broccoli and carrots reigned as the top vegetables nationwide (70% and 69%), with spinach (55%) rounding out the top three vegetables Americans are most likely to eat.
“It’s great to see Americans investing in their health by finding different ways to incorporate vegetables into their diets,” said Adam Hellstern, senior director of agricultural strategy and marketing at Bolthouse Farms. “Vegetables are so important to Americans, especially carrots – especially with 21% of respondents trusting carrots as the first solid food they give their baby.”
While hearty, home-cooked meals are often considered comfort foods, data suggests that vegetables also provide some level of comfort.
Two in three respondents who like vegetables said they felt relaxed or peaceful after eating them, and three in 10 (31%) said incorporating them into a balanced diet gave them a sense of empowerment.
How do Americans consume their “comforting” vegetables? Carrots top the list of vegetables that respondents would be most likely to include in a vegetable platter (74%), followed by broccoli (65%) and celery (62%).
Carrots (34%) also join celery (33%) as the tastiest vegetables. More millennials said they would pick up a carrot for a dip (38%), compared to those aged 57 and older (27%).
Most said they would give certain vegetables a second chance if they learned how to cook them properly (52%) or if they learned more about their health benefits (42%).
“Changing from the usual can be good, especially for the 57% of Americans who said they ate a vegetable that tasted better than they expected. Trying new foods as part of a balanced diet can break Americans’ ‘difficult habits’, and eating vegetables has many benefits,” Hellstern continued. “Americans’ relationship with food centers on healthy eating and great taste, and carrots bring both to the table, supporting everything from digestion to immunity to bone health.”
THE MOST PURCHASED VEGETABLES
Potatoes (61%) (tie)
Lettuce (61%) (tie)
THE VEGETABLES AMERICANS ARE MOST LIKELY TO EAT
Sweet potatoes (53%)
Brussels sprouts (36%)