Subscription Subscription
Home > Lifestyle News > Health And Fitness News > Article > Majority of Indians prioritise nutrition over taste surpassing global average Study

Majority of Indians prioritise nutrition over taste, surpassing global average: Study

Updated on: 29 May,2024 04:37 PM IST  |  Mumbai
mid-day online correspondent |

83 per cent of urban consumers read nutrition labels before purchasing food, emphasising the behavioural trend of healthier eating in India

Majority of Indians prioritise nutrition over taste, surpassing global average: Study

Image for representational purposes only. Photo Courtesy: iStock

Listen to this article
Majority of Indians prioritise nutrition over taste, surpassing global average: Study

Wonderful Pistachios, grower and processor of pistachios and distributor of California Pistachios in India, released the findings of a new global study that sheds light on the snacking habits of urban Indians. The study, commissioned with Material, a global research consultancy, which included 10 countries and over 12,400 respondents, revealed a new behavioural trend that urban Indian consumers prioritise nutrition over taste when it comes to snacking. This growing preference for healthy snacking emphasises the importance of good nutrition for overall well-being. 

For the Indian market specifically, the study delved into the snacking habits of 2,415 shoppers across six Indian cities, which represented a population of approximately 35.9 million consumers. Remarkably, a majority of urban Indians (58 per cent) reported basing their food purchasing decisions on nutritional benefits more than taste, exceeding the global average of 52 per cent. Delhi and Ahmedabad lead with over 60 per cent of urban shoppers preferring nutrition in their food. Bengaluru and Chennai follow closely, indicating a nationwide shift towards smarter snacking preferences. In India, Millennials and Gen Z are leading the charge in health-conscious purchasing decisions, with more than 83 per cent of consumers in these age groups reading nutritional labels before buying.

Indian consumers prioritise four key factors when shopping for nutritional snacks: natural (free of artificial colours and preservatives), heart-healthy, protein-rich, and provides energy. Nine out of 10 urban shoppers consciously seek protein-rich food options, compared to the global average of seven out of 10. The focus on nutrition has fueled the rise of nuts as a preferred snack choice, becoming essential to daily eating habits. The study found a staggering consumption of nuts, with 86 per cent of Indian shoppers reporting purchasing them in six months, compared to just 75 per cent globally. 

Also Read: Kuch meetha ho jaye: Why Indians crave something sweet post-meals and healthy dessert alternatives to try

Shail Pancholi, Country Director, India, Wonderful Pistachios, commented on the study, saying, “Nuts were traditionally used as garnishes and consumed during festivals, but have now become a popular snack in India, indicating a notable shift in dietary habits. Pistachio consumption in India has doubled in the last six years, as consumer awareness of the nutritional benefits that pistachios offer has grown. Consumers are discovering that pistachios are naturally cholesterol-free, rich in plant-based protein and dietary fibre, and provide over 30 different vitamins and minerals.”

Interestingly, the study found that nuts are the second most preferred snack among urban Indian consumers, with 64 per cent of Baby Boomers and 59 per cent of Gen Z prioritising nutrition over taste when selecting food. This indicates a growing focus on health across generations, with Baby Boomers focusing on senior wellness and Gen Z reflecting the rise of mindful purchasing. Though on opposite ends of the age spectrum, these two generations take the lead in seeking protein-rich options, as well as preferring natural snacks.
Mumbai tops most of the consideration sets when choosing a snack. Residents opt for natural ingredients, heart-healthy options, and protein. Chennai residents look for energy-boosting snacks.

The fact that 69 per cent of urban Indians surveyed have the opinion that plant-based protein is just as good as meat-based protein reflects a positive shift towards varied dietary preferences. As consumers increasingly seek natural, heart-healthy, protein-rich, and energy-boosting snacks, the future of Indian snacking appears to be firmly rooted in nutrition and well-being.

Also Read: Asian Mango to Casareccia Salad: Give yourself a refreshing boost, try these summer salads at home

"Exciting news! Mid-day is now on WhatsApp Channels Subscribe today by clicking the link and stay updated with the latest news!" Click here!

Register for FREE
to continue reading !

This is not a paywall.
However, your registration helps us understand your preferences better and enables us to provide insightful and credible journalism for all our readers.

Mid-Day Web Stories

Mid-Day Web Stories

This website uses cookie or similar technologies, to enhance your browsing experience and provide personalised recommendations. By continuing to use our website, you agree to our Privacy Policy and Cookie Policy. OK