Corona has messed up our eating habits. Cooking, baking, and a healthy diet – a new study shows why we suddenly eat more consciously.
Working from home, shopping with a mask, keeping your distance: The corona pandemic has thrown our everyday life upside down in a very short time. A lot has changed since then, some even irrevocably. This includes eating habits. A new study now shows what influence Corona has on our diet and what currently prefers to end up ‘on the table’.
Changing your diet: Corona has these effects
Eating together plays a major role in our social interaction – appointments in the restaurant, cooking with friends, or a romantic dinner with your partner. In the Corona lockdown, you had to do without a lot of it. For this purpose, new traditions and opportunities were created to spend time together. Even after the lockdown, the new eating habits persist. This is also confirmed by a study recently published by the Rheingold Institute on behalf of Kulinaria Deutschland e.V.
Study proves: Corona has permanently changed eating habits
Corona has given food a new status. Cooking consciously, taking your time, and paying attention to a healthy variety – that’s important to people today! The BMEL nutrition report by the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture also shows that 30 percent of those surveyed have been preparing food themselves more often since Corona than before, and 21 percent are now cooking together with others more often. The Rheingold Institute found out from seven characteristics why we still eat differently than before despite the relaxation of the coronavirus:
1. Secure supply
In March, empty shelves in supermarkets dominated the media. Noodles, rice, and canned food piled up in the pantry after buying hamsters. It is now apparent that people are still buying less often and more consciously, but in larger quantities.
2. Structure everyday life
Suddenly closed kindergartens, home offices, or short-time work: The daily structure has changed enormously due to Corona and became a real challenge at times. Planning and structure remain elementary today to cope with everyday life. But more time at home also means more short breaks from work and more time to snack. The refrigerator is tantalizingly close, and all too often we allow ourselves to be tempted.
3. Cultivate community
“Good cooking is the most intimate bond of good society,” said the French writer Luc de Clapiers, and in times of crisis community and care have become all the more important. No wonder this is also reflected in eating habits. The “we-feeling” and the desire for community allow people to come together at the table more often. Another advantage: Young people in particular have developed an increasing interest in cooking or baking and are now more likely to prepare food together with their parents or grandparents
4. Compensate for sadness
Eating out of boredom – many people who have been working from home since Corona fall into this trap. Here are a few grapes, muesli, or a piece of chocolate. The Corona period is often experienced as monotonous and tiring, while eating is seen as a reward.
5. Cooking as a new hobby
Creativity is required now! The study by Rheingold shows that the “desire to do it yourself” has increased significantly. Trying out new recipes, rediscovering cooking and baking as a “new hobby” – people are still spending more time in the kitchen to reignite their old passions.
6. Relax the demands for perfection
Corona has significantly changed our view of many things and sharpened our focus on the essentials. The food should taste good, but it should also be quick. That is why the acceptance of packaged and canned goods has increased. At the same time, more emphasis is placed on regional and seasonal products.
7. Great demand for sustainable and regional products
The trend of eating healthily and paying attention to sustainable and regional products has continued to strengthen. Eating together is also more appreciated again. These trends are not only a livelihood development for local farmers but also the community. Care and empathy help to get through the crisis together.