In the average budget of annual expenditures in the US, Business Insider revealed that food accounts for 12.5 percent or $7,023. The largest spending, which is at $3,008 falls on the dining out category, followed by $726 on miscellaneous food which includes premade meals, snacks, condiments, and vitamin supplements. While the numbers do not indicate if Americans eat out more than they cook at home, it gives a clear picture of how they can make changes and improve their spending on food. Compared to the budget for housing and transportation, food is where Americans can make immediate changes.
On the bright side, a Pew Research Center survey showed 54 percent of Americans agreeing that people pay more attention to eating healthy foods. This is corroborated by the many diet trends emerging today. Veganism and vegetarianism in particular are becoming increasingly popular not just because of their impact on health, but for their environmental-friendly approach.
The health benefits of these diets include weight loss, improved kidney function, and lower sugar levels, among others. Veganism may also be beneficial to children because it lowers the risk of diabetes, aside from providing necessary nutrients. Dr. Neal Barnard explained that weight problems are common in children, and that the problem will only get worse as they reach adulthood. Current findings indicate that one in three kids will develop diabetes at some point in their life.