Grocery chain Safeway recently conducted a family shopping survey called the "ABCs of Healthier Mealtimes" with Babble.com, which looked at various aspect of grocery shopping for parents. Here are some of the details:
When grocery shopping for your family, how much time do you spend reading nutrition labels on packaged foods?
I thoroughly check every label: 16%
I check only the items I don't regularly purchase: 48%
It depends on how much time I have: 18%
I rarely do this: 17%
There are labels on the food?: 1%
Which category of food causes the most arguments with your kids while grocery shopping?
Desserts: ice cream, cookies, cakes, candy: 25%
Snacks: chips, crackers: 20%
Mealtime entrees, sides dishes: 12%
Breakfast foods: cereals, oatmeal, breakfast bars: 11%
Beverages: sodas, juices: 10%
Fruits and vegetables: 8%
If you had to choose between the following benefits of a food,
which one is the single most important factor that determines which foods you purchase for your kids?
Calorie Smart: 16%
Low Fat: 15%
Other, please specify: 12%
Gluten Free: 3%
With these tidbits in mind, Safeway included some tips for happier mealtimes as well that include some great ideas.