Archive for September, 2010

Survey Results

(You will find these under Grazing Pastures as well)


These are some of the questions answered by 226 high school students (143 females, 83 males). 

Below are some of the most significant findings:

Choosing between soy milk and the different kinds of cow milk, more than half (52%) thought soy milk to be the healthiest. Almost all (92%) were afraid of fat in the milk.

82% did not know what cholesterol is. 68% thought it was either a toxic substance found in our arteries or a type of fat in foods, which we should avoid eating.

Butter and Oils
98% did not think butter/ghee was good to cook with. More than half (51%) thought it was best to cook with polyunsaturated vegetable oils. 40% thought olive oil was best for cooking.

Food and Drink Habits
66% ate breakfast every day. 14% skipped breakfast and the rest had breakfast 2-5 days of the week.
85% ate meat quite often (92% of males, 80% of females). Only 2% were vegetarians and there were no vegans.
Rice/Noodles were popular food items: 80% ate these on a regular basis, and 50% ate boxed cereals, 45% had eggs, and 19% had tofu. 
Over 60% drank soy milk and/or eat tofu on a regular basis. 23% ate edamame and 14% ate any of the fermented soy products, such as miso, tempeh, natto, shoyu, and tamari regularly.
47% drank fruit juice and 14% drank soda regularly.

Food Labels and Nutritional Information
88% read food labels always or sometimes, and twice as many females as males read them.
For 66% of the students parents are the most important source for health and nutrition advice, followed by health class, websites and books/magazines.