TRENDS: Chicken Up, Seafood, Pork & Beef Down
While Americans are aware of the need to improve their diets, there’s been a decline in consumption of one of the healthiest food choices: fish.
According to the Wall Street Journal, in 2012, the last year for which figures are available, the average U.S. consumer ate:
According to the Wall Street Journal, it’s a combination of higher prices (quality fresh fish is $15 or more a pound while fresh whole chicken is 10% of that) and consumer hesitance, because they don’t know how to cook fish properly (and at those prices, who wants overcooked fish?).
Is help on the horizon? Maybe not: The seafood industry is much more fragmented than the beef and pork industries, which organized major marketing campaigns to promote their products.
Here’s a tip: Although it’s a treat, you don’t need to pay top dollar for fresh fish. Look for values in frozen fish and stock up. Defrost it slowly in the fridge.
After all, if you order fish at restaurant chains, it’s likely frozen—and few people know the difference.