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Russians Know Less About Their Food, But Eat More

Published: July 19, 2014 (Issue # 1820)



  • The survey revealed that a majority of the population is not aware of their food's nutritional value.
    Photo: Darren Foreman / Flickr

Since the start of the 21st century, Russians have been eating a lot more than they did in the past, according to a survey published Friday by federal statistics service Rosstat.

"In the 1990s, food consumption dropped," deputy head of Rosstat Konstantin Laikam said in quotes carried by Rossiskaya Gazeta. "Since the 2000s, every food consumption indicator has increased, except those for bread and potatoes."

At the same time, the survey revealed that a majority of the population is not aware of their food's nutritional value.

According to Rosstat, 52.5 percent of Russian do not consult labels when purchasing food products. Another 16 percent of Russians said they do not believe in the information provided on food labels.

The study also showed that five percent of the population did not eat a satisfactory amount of food on a daily basis. More than 40 percent of families are satisfied with the amount of food they have, but lack the foods that they would like to eat.

Rosstat also found that unhealthy foods like chips and soft drinks were equally popular among low-income families and wealthier households.





 


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Friday, Oct. 31


Put your grammar and logical thinking to the test in a fun and friendly environment during the British Book Center’s Board Game Evening starting at 5 p.m. today. The event is free and all are welcome to attend.



Saturday, Nov. 1


The men and women who dedicate their lives to fitness get their chance to compete for the title of best body in Russia at today’s Grand Prix Fitness House PRO, the nation’s premier bodybuilding competition. Not only will men and women be competing for thousands of dollars in prizes and a trip to represent their nation at Mr. Olympia but sporting goods and nutritional supplements will also be available for sale. Learn more about the culture of the Indian subcontinent during Diwali, the annual festival of lights that will be celebrated in St. Petersburg this weekend at the Culture Palace on Tambovskaya Ul. For 100 rubles ($2.40), festival-goers listen to Indian music, try on traditional Indian outfits and sample dishes highlighting the culinary diversity of the billion-plus people in the South Asian superpower.



Sunday, Nov. 2


Check out the latest video and interactive games at the Gaming Festival at the Mayakovsky Library ending today. Meet with the developers of the popular and learn more about their work, or learn how to play one of their creations with the opportunity to ask the creators themselves about the exact rules.



Monday, Nov. 3


Non-athletes can get feed their need for competition without breaking a sweat at the Rock-Paper-Scissors tournament this evening at the Cube Bar at Lomonosova 1. Referees will judge the validity of each matchup award points to winners while the city’s elite fight for the chance to be called the best of the best. Those hoping to play must arrange a team beforehand and pay 200 rubles ($4.80) to enter.



Tuesday, Nov. 4


Attend the premiere of Canadian director Xavier Dolan’s latest film “Mommy” at the Avrora theater this evening. The fifth picture from the 25-year-old, it is the story of an unruly teenager but the most alluring (or unappealing) aspect is the way the film was shot: in a 1:1 format that is more reminiscent of Instagram videos than cinematic art. Tickets cost 400 rubles ($9.60) and snacks and drinks will be available.



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