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Cooking food at home more? Most Thais are during Covid-19

Neill Fronde



FILE PHOTO: Ramen noodles again? More people are eating in because of Covid-19.

Are you an excellent chef? Did Covid-19 force you to learn how to cook food? Or maybe it caused you to pay closer attention to how healthy, how clean, and how well packaged your food is? A new Suan Dusit Poll found that Thai people are eating healthier and eating at home as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. The poll, conducted last week by Suan Dusit Rakabhat University, asked 1,192 people about their eating habits.

The poll found that nearly 76% of people were cooking at home more often and 71% responded that since Covid-19 they have paid more attention to the importance of food. Only 3% said they pay less attention to their eating since the Coronavirus outbreak.

Most of the poll answers aren’t too surprising, with lockdowns forcing more home meals, and fear of a contagious virus creating more awareness of hygiene practices. Nearly 48% of those polled believed that healthy eating helped against the Coronavirus while 38% were unsure. Nearly 50% were interested in knowing about foods that could build a Covid-19 resistance.

55% though herbs helped strengthen Coronavirus resistance, while Pad Ka Phrao, ginger, tom yam soup and kaeng som maroom (a sour moringa soup) were also mentioned favourably (51%, 49%, 43% and 32% respectively).

60% of those surveyed said they were choosing more healthy food, and 56% paid closer attention to the importance of food packaging. Somewhat surprisingly, 39% of respondents said they were spending more on food during the pandemic, about 37% said the amount was unchanged, and nearly 24% spent less money.

Food spending in Bangkok averaged 268 baht a day, while other provinces averaged 207 baht, creating a national daily food spending average of about 227 baht.

So how do Thaiger readers compare? What are you spending on food – more or less? Are you eating healthier? Are you dining out less? Perhaps some have become experts at cooking the #1 food in the world? Any recommendations for superfoods that ward off Covid-19?

The Thaiger looks forward to your responses in the comments on this story.

SOURCE:Bangkok Post


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    James R

    Sunday, May 2, 2021 at 11:41 pm

    Back here in the UK I am eating 100% from home cooking which is a massive increase compare to a year ago, I can not take credit for the actual cooking though.

    If people do believe cooking from home helps directly to protect them from the virus then it is a positive and helpful thing but I am sure most medical people will say it is actually staying at home and limiting contact with others in restaurants and other places which is the main benefit in the fight against the virus.

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    James Pate

    Monday, May 3, 2021 at 7:07 am

    Almost never dining out for the last year. Putting more effort and care into home cooking, trying new recipes, etc. Buying more kitchen gear on Lazada. Nice to eat a proper meal with my sweetheart instead of us just grabbing stuff out of the fridge whenever. Food budget is about the same: about 10K a month for 2. The hard part is keeping the weight down when exercise options are limited.

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    Amy Sukwan

    Monday, May 3, 2021 at 9:06 am

    My husband does most of the cooking he’s very good with curries especially. Sometimes I make food but usually western fare like baking bread or grilled cheese sandwiches for my daughter. She thinks hubbies stuff is too spicy! We spend about 400 or 500 baht on food alone some of this is my 8 year olds love of junk food

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    Monday, May 3, 2021 at 9:23 am

    99% of the time i cook myself, I was a cook years ago and like to make my own dinner, always nicer if you make it yourself

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Neill is a journalist from the United States with 10 years broadcasting experience and national news and magazine publications. He graduated with a degree in journalism and communications from the University of California and has been living in Thailand since 2014.

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