WILMINGTON, Del., May 16, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- A growing number of U.S. consumers are taking to their kitchens to cook more frequently, and trying new and more nutritious foods, in an effort to reduce food bills and perhaps their waistlines. These findings are among the results of a recent DuPont™ Teflon® brand Be Cook Aware consumer survey, conducted to understand how the past year's trends have impacted America's cooking and eating behaviors at home.
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"Societal and economic shifts such as the fluctuating economy, combined with evolving national demographics and the introduction of new nutritional guidelines, are likely to have heightened people's awareness of the need to evolve eating and cooking behavior," said Christa Kaiser, global segment manager, Teflon® nonstick coatings systems. "Consumers are living smarter and healthier, and having more fun in the process while seeking out resources to help them make these changes."
Compared to this time last year consumers have changed how they cook and eat in their home:
- 72 percent indicated ways in which they have changed how they cook and eat in their home:
- 37 percent reported they are cooking more often
- 26 percent are experimenting more with food
- 23 percent are eating more natural or organic foods
- 89 percent of consumers are paying more attention to price and nutritional value when making food decisions:
- 73 percent named price as a factor in grocery shopping
- 52 percent report fresh ingredients at the top of the list of what's important to them, 49 percent say foods with less fat
- 59 percent have sought cooking inspiration from online recipes, cookbooks, recipes from family and friends, cooking shows and mobile apps.
- 40 percent say cleaning up after cooking is their biggest kitchen challenge followed by preparation time (26 percent)
- The most commonly used cookware is nonstick (66 percent), followed by stainless steel (48 percent) and cast iron (23 percent).
- Janice Newell Bissex, M.S., R.D., author of the new family cookbook, No Whine with Dinner, and co-Founder of MealMakeoverMoms.com;
- Dr. Rovenia Brock, author and nutrition coach to the Dr. Oz Show;
- Joscelyn Ramos Campbell, editor-in-chief of MamiOfMultiples, one of the nation's leading Hispanic American Mom blogs;
- Lauren Braun Costello, renowned food stylist and host of AOL's hit cooking series Pantry Challenge; and
- Dr. Kantha Shelke, food scientist, editor-at-large for Penton Media's Functional Ingredients and advisory board member for Nutrition Business Journal.
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