Nutrition Unscrambled

IFIC’s 2011 Food & Health Survey

By Mitch Kanter, Ph.D.
May 23rd, 2011

The International Food Information Council (IFIC) 2011 Food and Health Survey was recently published. The survey is produced yearly, and it contains a wealth of information on the buying habits and attitudes of consumers toward food, health, and food safety. This year’s survey was conducted during March and April 2011, involving 1000 consumer responses.

 Of particular interest was the participants’ response to the importance of cost when making food purchasing decisions. Seventy nine percent of those queried said that the cost of food greatly impacts their buying decisions. This represented a 15% increase over the response to the same question in 2006. Issues such as taste, convenience, and healthfulness still greatly impact buying decisions, but it was the large jump in the cost of food as a deciding factor in purchasing decisions that caught my eye.

 Undoubtedly the economy has had a huge impact on shopping habits, as this response clearly points out. 

In these trying times, the search for good tasting, healthy, and affordable foods becomes an even bigger and more important challenge. At only $0.14 per egg, with 7 grams of high quality protein and only 70 kcals, the egg is a great staple food to consider for any meal occasion.

Eat like an RD

By Marcia Greenblum, MS, RD
May 9th, 2011

Today I’m going to let you in on a secret about my personal nutrition philosophy and my personal program to stay healthy. It hasn’t changed radically over the many years that my interest in nutrition intensified.  As a child my mother would explain to me that every sore throat or cold I suffered was due to my not eating correctly. I was brought up thinking it was my responsibility to eat a healthy diet or suffer the consequences. We didn’t eat many sweets because we ate satisfying meals. Quantities were not limited but, no one requested seconds or ate snacks all day long, you ate only at mealtimes and enjoyed both the food and the company. My family always returned to the table after dinner dishes were washed to have tea. A strange practice for non-British New Yorkers, but one that I think is worth keeping. I still can’t sleep well without a cup of tea.

This is not to say that I did not eat processed foods or have my share of ice cream like the rest of the neighborhood. What I did do which I have tried to do with my own family is to consider food in relation to health and balance it with enjoyment. I learned to prepare foods that I thought were healthy in a way that my family and I would enjoy them. As I learned more about nutrition, I realized how much is still unknown about the effect food has on individual health and I became more accepting of other’s dietary patterns. Throughout the years I participated in many food fads including every weight loss diet that was popular and went from a high carbohydrate focused diet pattern to a high protein diet pattern always including as many vegetables and fruits as possible. I avoid fried foods and sweets with a focus on protein and vegetables whenever there’s a choice. I eat eggs, walnuts and almonds to keep from feeling hungry and plan ahead so I’m never stuck eating from vending machines or fast food outlets where my choices are limited. I also try to get some exercise in everyday if possible including walking or lifting weights. Somehow this has worked for me since I’m still the same size I was in college and I feel good most of the time.


Nutrition Unscrambled  is written by nutrition experts with the Egg Nutrition Center, which is funded by the American Egg Board. It is monitored and maintained by the public relations agency of record. The mission of the Egg Nutrition Center is to be a credible source of nutrition and health science information and the acknowledged leader in research and education related to eggs. For more information, click here.

About the Bloggers

Mitch Kanter, Ph.D. is the Executive Director of the Egg Nutrition Center. For more information about
Mitch, click here.
Marcia Greenblum, MS, RD is the Senior Director, Nutrition Education at the Egg Nutrition Center. For more information about Marcia, click here.
Anna Shlachter, MS, RD, LDN is the Program Manager, Nutrition Research and Communications at the Egg Nutrition Center. For more information about Anna, click here.

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