What Germany's eating these days
What do Germans most like to eat? The German Ministry of Food and Agriculture wanted to know and asked a cross-section of Germans. The 2016 Nutrition Report had a few surprises in store.
The Germans love pizza: 14 percent of all favorite foods listed were pizza, no matter if came from a restaurant chef's hands or a supermarket's freezer section. <p> Source: a survey by the Forsa Social Research Institute commissioned by the German Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL)
A surprising 15 percent of the respondents like salads. Whether as a main course or an appetizer, salads are a must in the modern cuisine. Greater awareness of healthy eating among Germans has given salads a boost.
A just as surprising 16 percent of Germans love fish dishes - a wise choice with all the valuable nutrients fish can provide, among them Omega-3 fatty acids, which help to bolster the immune system.
Germans are truly eating their veggies, with 18 percent even naming a vegetable as a favorite dish. More and more Germans are conscious of the health benefits - in particular of the antioxidants, proteins and other nutrients in vegetables that preserve health and help to prevent cardiovascular diseases.
Germany is traditionally a meat-and-potatoes country. Another 18 percent of respondents put potatoes on an equal footing with veggies. Spuds are nutritional, filling and, by themselves, low in calories. But no genuinely traditional German lunch is complete without vegetables and either meat or fish along with the potatoes.
Unsurprisingly, spaghetti and pasta came in close to the top, with 35 percent of Germans citing noodles as a favorite dish - even if an excess of pasta tends to stick to the ribs and stay there. The German Nutrition Society says 100 grams of semolina noodles without egg contain 154 kilocalories. The right sauce can add to their nutritiousness and make a good and satisfying meal.
The Germans' favorite food by a wide margin is still meat. 83 percent of respondents say they consume meat products several times a week: whether meat rolls, schnitzel, steak or chicken. 47 percent of German men demand meat on the table, while only 22 percent of German women eat meat regularly.