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Latvians during winter: we eat more filling meals and in greater amounts

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUA study by ELVI showed that Latvians usually make more filling meals and prefer to dine at home when chilly winter comes.

ELVI Latvija commercial director Laila Vartukapteine comments: «To find out more about eating habits of Latvian residents, we performed a study. Its results prove – people’s eating habits change in winter. In addition, 54.2% of respondents said they gladly drink a cup of hot tea to warm up. 69% of respondents said they prepare for winter in advance by making jam and other products to enjoy during winter.»

Respondents find fruits the most appealing food products for winter – 18.5% mentioned them. Other popular products include meat (16.9%), vegetables (12.4%) and nuts (12.4%). When asked about their favourite winter dish, many respondents mentioned soups, stewed cabbage, beans and fruits brought from foreign countries – oranges, persimmon, etc. 31.7% of respondents admit eating less fruits and vegetables in winter. 58.5% of respondents mentioned that the amount of fruits and vegetables they eat does not depend on the season. Vartukapteine, commenting on the survey’s result, says: «It is worth adding that 70.4% of respondents believe fruits and vegetables do not contain as many minerals and vitamins in winter as they do in any warm season. 22.9% believe energy value of those products does not change depending on the season.»

Respondents admit the cold weather affects their diet and how much they eat. 43.1% of respondents say – they eat more during winter because food helps them warm up, calm down or have some fun, especially when the weather is too harsh to go outside. Vartukapteine continues: «When winter comes, Latvians start making more filling meals – 33.1% of respondents said their diet does is not tied to the season. Respondents also more often buy sweets and desserts during winter».

«What is particularly curious, is that 55.6% of respondents confirm – they rarely eat out in winter. 18.8% of respondents admit finding it difficult to see a correlation between the season and a place where they prefer to eat. 25.6% of respondents said they eat out in winter as much as they do in other seasons of the year. It seems cold weather affects what food people prefer to eat and how often spend time outside,» – Vartuckapteine concludes.

The survey on Latvian residents’ eating habits was carried out online. 480 respondents from all over Latvia took part in it. The average age of participants was 39.6.

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