(SWNS)–What did you inherit from your parents? New research reveals our snacking habits may be – in part – due to mom and dad.
A new survey of 2,000 Americans found 53% said they inherited their snacking habits from their parents.
Respondents said food played an important role in their upbringing, with three in five saying their snacking habits were influenced by their cultural heritage.
Conducted by OnePoll on behalf of California Prunes, the study also looked at how a family’s food influence extends to nearly every aspect of respondents’ lives.
People shared holiday meals (35%), and desserts and appetizers (30%) were foods they loved about their culture while growing up.
Now, as adults, 34% of respondents said they serve the same foods at holidays and parties to their families and friends.
And sitting down to eat with their loved ones at the dinner table was also a tradition cherished by many respondents.
Forty-one percent said they enjoyed family dinnertime during their childhood, and three in four parents now do the same with their families.
Results also showed respondents loved munching on cookies (37%), potato chips (32%) and popcorn (32%) from a young age.
For 37%, even eating a particular food a certain way can be traced back to their families as well as what types of snacks they bring on vacations and road trips (40%).
While many respondents link their snacking habit to their families, more than half (52%) said they snack out of necessity because they don’t have consistent mealtime, and 59% added the snacks in their home are hard to resist.
Consequently, seven in 10 admit that their snacking schedule is not optimal for their health.
Emotional tension can be linked to snacking as well; 29% blame stress at home for their snacking habits, and 22% blame stress at work.
“Snacking is here to stay, so it’s time to reset our habits and retrain our cravings. Think about snacks as mini meals – quick and delicious, but also nutritious,” said Leslie J. Bonci, MPH, RD, CSSD, LDN. “Go for powerful pairings to get the most out of snacking occasions such as protein and produce: guacamole with bean-based chips, cheese and prunes, hummus and veggies, or a smoothie made with milk, yogurt, berries and prunes to add some great fiber.”
Another food inheritance 43% of respondents picked up is the foods they should eat when trying to eat healthier.
When it comes to healthy snacks, 28% said they reach for fortified foods rich in vitamins and 21% said they look for snacks with probiotics.
Other food lessons that respondents plan on implementing include trying new foods, not wasting food, and the importance of eating as a family.
Moreover, food helps keep families close, as nearly half (49%) of participants said they made a new recipe they found online with a family member during the pandemic.
“Food is a central part of the family experience, whether it’s sitting around a table to share meals each day or grabbing some snacks for a family hike,” said Leslie J. Bonci, MPH, RD, CSSD, LDN. “Choosing nutrient-rich foods that help support overall wellness – such as California Prunes for building strong bones or promoting gut health – are not only tasty, but also healthy for the entire family!”
TOP 10 FOODS PEOPLE HAVE MADE WITH FAMILY DURING PANDEMIC
- Meatloaf (38%)
- Chili (30%)
- Bread (30%)
- Pot roast (29%)
- Cake (28%)
- Cookies (28%)
- Salmon (27%)
- Soup (17%)
- Pancakes (18%)
- Sauce(s) (16%)
TOP 10 SNACKS PEOPLE HAVE LOVED FROM A YOUNG AGE
- Cookies (37%)
- Potato chips (32%)
- Popcorn (32%)
- Pretzels (30%)
- Corn chips (28%)
- Cheese (27%)
- Cured meats (21%)
- Chocolate (21%)
- Olives (18%)
- Fresh fruit (17%)