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Eating Trends: Mealtimes and Snacking

Eating Trends: Mealtimes and Snacking

Modern Americans increasingly hunger for something beyond the outdated restrictions of three-meals-daily. Trending instead is the habit of eating smaller meals and snacks that better fit our increasingly busy lifestyles. Running concurrent with this trend is an uptick in conscientiously seeking out healthy snack foods and avoiding mindless noshing.

An offshoot of these developments is the blurring of mealtimes. Meals are being eaten later, and often less frequently in a traditional family setting around a dining room table. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner, while not necessarily interchangeable, are all being viewed differently by modern consumers.

This report examines these and other trends in mealtimes and snacking.


Scope and Methodology of Report
Introduction
Meal Behavior Trends
Mealtimes Skew Later
Table 1—Weekly Aggregate of Eating Times, 200
Table 2—Eating Times on Mondays, 2008
Table 3Table 3 Table 3—Eating Times on Fridays, 2008
Table 4—Eating Times on Saturdays, 2008 E
Table 5—Eating Times on Sundays, 2008
Table 6 —Eating -Later Demographics Based on Weekly Aggregate Eating Times, 2018 (indexes)
Table 7—Meals: Selected Attitudes and Behaviors, 2008
Relative Priority on Breakfast, Lunch, or Dinner
Figure 1—Prime Adult Demographics for Agreeing that Breakfast Is Most Important Meal, 2018 (indexes) Prime Adult Demographics for Agreeing that Breakfast Is Most Important Meal, 2018 (indexes)
Figure 2—Prime Adult Demographics for Agreeing that Lunch Is Most Important Meal, 2018 (indexes)
Figure 3—Prime Adult Demographics for Agreeing that Dinner Is Most Important Meal, 2018 (indexes) phics for Agreeing that Dinner Is Most Important Meal, 2018 (indexes)
Table 8 —Demographics Most and Least Likely to Sit Down for a Meal Together at Home, 2018 (indexes)
The Several Smaller Meals Option The Several Smaller Meals Option
Figure 4—Prime Demographics for Eating Several Small Meals Throughout the Day, 2018 (indexes)
Snacking Behavior Trends Snacking Behavior Trends
Snacking Between Meals Snacking Between Meals
Table 9 —Snacking: Selected Attitudes & Behaviors, 2008 Snacking: Selected Attitudes & Behaviors, 2008
Figure 5—Prime Demographics for Often Snacking Between Meals, 2018 (indexes)
Snacking as Junk Food Snacking as Junk Food
Figure 6—Prime Demographics for Considering Most Snack Foods Unhealthy, 2018 (indexes)emographics for Considering Most Snack Foods Unhealthy, 2018 (indexes)
Snacking and Sweets Snacking and Sweets Snacking and Sweets
Figure 7—Prime Demographics for Frequently Eating Sweets, 2018 (indexes)
The Salty Snackers
Figure 8—Prime Demographics for Favoring Salted Snacks, 2018 (indexes)
Figure 9—Prime Demographics for Usually Snacking on Healthy Foods, 2018 (indexes)
Figure 10 —Prime Demographics for Liking to Treat Oneself Foods that Aren’t Good You, 2018 (indexes)

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