Why is the ‘healthiest meal’ your best option?
Healthier meal options are a key piece of advice in the healthy living catalog and a great way to make a healthy meal more appealing to consumers.
In a recent study, researchers at the University of Queensland and the University at Albany in New York found that consumers are less likely to eat a healthy lunch option if the recipe contained high fat and/or salt, and that they were more likely to order a meal that included a high-fat, high-sugar, high carb, or high-calorie dish.
The study, which was published in the journal Appetite, looked at a sample of more than 4,000 adults in Australia between May and July 2017.
The researchers found that people who ordered a healthy breakfast were more than twice as likely to have ordered a lunch option, with the majority of the people ordering lunch choices containing high-risk foods.
Consumers were also more likely than those ordering healthier meals to eat healthy meals when the options were also served with a beverage or snack.
“People are looking for healthier options and more of these options are more appealing, and this is why this is such a powerful marketing tool,” Professor Stephen J. Leung, who led the study, said in a statement.
“We believe the healthier option can be the most appealing to people because it has the best nutritional content and has the least calories.”
Leung added that it was important for consumers to understand the nutritional value of their food choices.
“Many of these choices have a higher nutrient content than healthy options, but not all of them do,” he said.
“If you are choosing between the healthy option and a healthier option, do the right thing by looking at both.”
For example, the researchers found people who opted for a healthy salad over a healthier breakfast were less likely than people who ate healthy lunch options to have had a snack.
People also were more willing to pay for a meal with a high sugar, high fat, or salt content.
The takeaway takeaway from this research?
Choosing a healthy option should be an important consideration in the health care system.
It should be noted that the study was based on people ordering healthy meals.
For the more sophisticated meal options, like those served in restaurants, the research shows that consumers should be mindful of the options and the ingredients.
For example in a study conducted in Australia, the scientists found that the healthier options were more expensive than the healthier meals, which were cheaper than the meals served in the dining hall.
“The cost of the healthier choices were higher than the price of the healthy meals, and it is possible that consumers might choose the healthier choice to reduce their healthcare costs,” Leung said.
For people who prefer healthy meals over other choices, the healthier meal options can also be a great deal, since the high-carb and high-protein meals can be added to your meal plan and offer the nutrition of a low-fat meal.
For this reason, a healthy diet should be one of the first steps in making healthy meals appealing to health-conscious consumers.