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Nearly half of Americans aren’t eating as many fruits and veggies as they should be, according to new research.
A survey of 2,000 Americans found that although they love apples (69%), oranges (64%) and bananas (63%), 43% admit to eating fruit less often than once a day.
Similarly, while carrots were crowned America’s favorite veggie, 52% of those polled also skip out on vegetables regularly.
Conducted by OnePoll for plant-based milk brand, West Life Soymilk, the survey looked at how people prefer to add nutrients into their diets. Results found that nearly a tenth of respondents admit that their protein intake is too low and 14% don’t even know how much protein they need.
Through survey results, respondents reported they have an easier time incorporating fruit into their diet (24%) above veggies and protein (16% each).
While many get their protein through white meat (25%), red meat (19%) or fish/seafood (33%), others are open to exploring options such as plant-based milk (19%) and protein powder (15%).
“Consumers are actively seeking options for meaningful fuel that fits into their busy lives with options such as smoothies as a natural choice” said Lauren McNamara, vice president and assistant general manager at SunOpta, makers of West Life Soymilk. “However, not all smoothies are created equally. To ensure a balanced meal or snack it is important to seek out high protein and versatile ingredients that pack a punch in your smoothie of choice. Look out for options that provide variety of flavor, shelf-stable convenience, and complete protein when creating your favorite smoothie blends at home.”
When it comes to the most important meal of the day, breakfast, those surveyed prioritize breakfast options that are easy to take on the go (30%) and are convenient (31%).
Twenty-six percent also aim to get their protein in to kickstart their day.
Results also showed that smoothies are on the rise as a way for respondents to get their nutrients in, with half of those surveyed sharing they drink at least one smoothie a week (51%).
To make the perfect smoothie blend, some respondents admit that they replicate smoothie recipes they see on social media (53%) and 75% said that social media or seeing a celebrity with a particular smoothie would make them more likely to try it out.
When it comes to the anatomy of what makes for a “perfect smoothie,” honey (32%), yogurt (32%), bananas (26%), chocolate (25%), plant-based milk (24%), strawberries (23%) and plant-based protein powder (21%) make up some of the top selections.
A majority of smoothie drinkers also said they’d be interested in adding plant-based milk if it boosted their protein intake (78%).
“With the emergence of social media trends and celeb favorite recipes we are seeing a comeback of products that help create a balanced, high protein meal, ranging from soymilk to cottage cheese,” continued McNamara. “We are excited to see consumers experiment with these newfound ingredients to fuel their day and create their own favorite recipes, perfect for a snack or meal replacement.”
Produced in association with SWNS Research
(Additional reporting provided by Talker Research)
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