Food Bubble: Why is deciding on dinner so hard?

Whether you plan it out weeks in advance, or take a gander at the contents of the fridge twenty minutes before go-time, deciding what to eat can be an exhausting endeavour, especially where more than one palate is involved.

“A study in the U.S. found the average person spends 132 hours every year just deciding what to eat,” says Andrew Campbell, in this episode of Food Bubble, continuing, “over a third of couples say they have a terrible time deciding where they should eat when they go out, and a quarter of people say they feel trapped in some purgatory because their significant other can’t make up their mind on what to have.”

In this episode of Food Bubble, host Andrew Campbell talks about the pressure of food-related decisions with Mike von Massow, associate professor at the University of Guelph, and Dara Gurau, registered dietitian with How to Eat.

According to Mike von Massow, more than 50 per cent of the food dollar in the US is spent on food produced outside of the home, and the decision is much more complicated than even a generation ago. Refrigerator trucks, free trade, globalization of food, media coverage, and our openness to new foods have paved the way for a bombardment of food-related decisions on a daily basis.

But von Massow says it shouldn’t be overly complicated. Dara Gurau, registered dietitian with How to Eat, agrees. It

“I want people to make their food choices based on what they want, not on what they think they should be eating,” says Dara Gurau, registered dietitian with How to Eat.

Gurau suggests taking the time to do some meal preparation on the weekend, and recognize that the most important thing is that our families are fed.

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