Takeaway meals are now ending up being normal for households

As we pick over the last of the turkey, the concept of healthy diet seems farther away than ever, however a study shows that lazy way of life means we are now eating takeaway or prepared meals a minimum of three times a week – and the pattern is worsening.

A study of 900 men and women also found that two-thirds of us cannot fulfill our five-a-day target when it comes to vegetables and fruit; with reasons such as “lack of time” are offered for not engaging with a healthier lifestyle.

It also indicates that families are now less likely to gather around the table for a family meal as we turn into a fast-food nation.

The survey was carried out among 901 men and women in Ireland from August to October of this year and discovered that one in five participants have prepared meals or processed food for their main meal a minimum of 3 times weekly. When fast food is likewise included, this figure increases to one in three individuals.

The study, which was carried out by The Wholefood Transformation, an Irish recipe box provider, found that 91% of participants wish to have a healthier diet plan made from real food, however nearly one in four admitted that they have their main meal at the table less than two times a week.

Of those questioned, 48% said time was the greatest challenge to cooking from scratch, following by 25% who said an absence of planning was the main concern, while the effort of shopping and sourcing ingredients was pointed out by 22% of participants.

The survey likewise showed a strong connection between cooking from scratch and reaching the five-a-day target of vegetables and fruit.

Two-thirds of those surveyed did not reach the target, however those who consumed the least amount of processed foods were four times most likely to succeed in reaching it.

David Wallace, founder of thewholefoodrevolution.ie, said: “Many of the processed food that we eat are bulked up with cheap ingredients that are void of nutrients and packed full of sugar or salt and highly processed ingredients active ingredients. These foods are not good for us. In fact, they are very bad for us.”

Advising using wholefoods and cooking from scratch, he said the five-a-day target needs to be a baseline, not the maximum.

Yet information from another site, justeat.ie, reveals that New Year’s Day is set to be the most popular day of the whole year for ordering in food.

Brand-new figures from Just Consume based upon orders put in 2016 revealed a huge rise in orders for brand-new cuisines.

So while Chinese, Indian, American, and Thai orders still multiply, orders for Malaysian food soared by 3,000%, while demand for Korean food rose by 900%. There was likewise development in demand for Nepalese and Vietnamese food, extensively viewed as much healthier options.

Simply Consume expects a 30% increase in orders this New Year’s Day compared to January 1 last. The data also shows that orders peak in between 7pm and 8pm.