Report unpacks Aussie shopping habits
IT APPEARS Australians really do want to cut sugar out of their diets but very few ever actually take practical steps to make it happen.
A new survey released by Ipsos found that one out of every two Aussie adults agree that packaged products have too much sugar in them.
But only one in four have actually tried to reduce their sugar intake from their diet.
"Australians have a simple approach to health with most aiming to eat more natural foods, fresh and unprocessed foods," the report read.
"[But] when it comes down to it, our budget still has a higher priority in our decision-making in-store than our health aspirations.
"Despite strong claims around health being our highest priority for 2016, taste and everyday price are still the strongest drivers of decision-making," the report stated.
Finding healthy choices may be challenging but the report found that Australians were more than happy enough to take the easy way out when it came to healthy eating and dieting.
Only 3% of respondents had tried the Paleo diet; 10% the Raw/ Whole/ Natural foods diet; 7% the Probiotic Food diet; and, 6% the "Superfoods" diet.
However, it's not all bad and although two out of three people snack between meals, we are snacking on healthy things like fruit and nuts.
Attending the CQUniversity and Rio Tinto Alcan sponsored "Lunchbox Solutions" healthy eating seminar on the weekend, Mandy Paulis said she was hoping to get good nutritional advice for herself as well as for her son who has ADHD.
"I'm hoping a change diet will improve his condition," she said.
"It's been an eye opener to learn what is good for you and what foods aren't."
Mrs Paulis has been using soy milk and olive oil for years but after today she will be switching to coconut sugar and coconut oil.
Speaking at the event was Therese Kerr, a noted health food guru, and she said it was about time parents started to learn more about what they're eating so they could make better choices for a healthier life.
"What I'm doing is educating and empowering these care givers to learn about nutrition and learn about the impact of nutrition on the body and also to remove the highly processed, high sugar content, trans fat laden foods from our lunchboxes," she said.
"The key message is that [we] have the power to transform this and women in particular have the power to transform health within the next generation and that's because women are the purchasing powerhouse of our world.
"They're the people who put the food on our tables at home and they have the ability to educate their children and supply their children with beautiful and healthy meals," she said.
Although the Ipsos survey found that the cost of eating healthy was a main deterrent for Aussies eating healthier, Mrs Kerr said eating healthier food could save you money.
"When you eat certified organics you're actually filling your body with incredible nutrients so you eat so much less," she said.
"The cost per meal is basically the same."
But Mrs Kerr said it was no good just talking about cutting out bad foods, Australians had to act now to stop, in her view, the growing number of illnesses in children.
According to the Australian Diabetes Council, Australians on average, consume more than 20 teaspoons of sugar every day, or 53 kilograms of sugar per year.
The Australian Heart Foundation recommends no more than nine teaspoons per day.