How COVID-19 has changed our eating habits

02 Jun 2020

Since the COVID-19 pandemic began sweeping the globe Tasmanians have been cooking more, eating more fruit and vegetables, and shopping differently. That’s what a survey conducted by Eat Well Tasmania has found.

More than 1500 people around the state completed Eat Well Tasmania’s survey which asked about the impacts of COVID-19 on our eating habits. The results are in, and they’re very revealing.

At the peak of Tasmania’s coronavirus restrictions going out for a meal was off the table, people were directed to stay at home and supermarket purchase limits were in place. These changes to our usual life patterns are reflected in the survey results which show that we have become more conscious shoppers with some people feeling unsafe shopping and others carefully balancing less household income.

To reduce time in the shops, people shifted to online shopping with 16 per cent of the survey participants shopping online from the supermarket, and another 13 per cent buying directly from producers.

A remarkable 53 per cent or participants say they have been spending more time cooking – to stay well, save money, to teach cooking skills to children and as a creative outlet. A side effect is that 33 per cent of participants are now more aware of how they use food and how much is wasted.

This increase in time spent cooking at home has seen people buying less takeaways, though 13.3% of households were buying more as a way of offering support to local businesses.

Take a look at the full survey results on the Eat well Tasmania website. You can also find out more about the We Eat Local app or participate in the conversation about Tasmanian food and wellbeing by tagging @eatwelltasmania on Facebook.