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Demographic Trends Change Eating Habits

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Health, single-person households, aging — these are the keywords describing modern society.

As social trends change, people’s eating habits are also changing visibly.

Jang Bo-gyeong has more.


In the past, Korean people often said they were powered by rice.

Today, however, it is not the most fitting description.

Consumption of rice has visibly decreased, with eating habits diversifying and low-carb diets trending for health reasons.

Per capita rice consumption reached new lows every year, and last year, it fell to half of what it was in 1980.

With the rise of single-person households, fresh convenience foods, such as salads and cut-up fruit, have become popular.

The sales of such fresh convenience foods recorded 95 billion won in 2015, which is a 60 percent increase from five years ago.

The release of bite-sized fruit, such as breed-improved mini apples, is also closely related to the preferences of those who live alone.

Aging has also brought about changes in eating habits.

Tofu, fast-fermented bean paste, kimchi and salted seafood are increasingly met with great welcome from senior citizens.

The market size of traditional fermented foods and tofu combined has increased by about 20 percent, going from 2.9 trillion won in 2011 to 3.71 trillion won in 2015.

<Jeon Hyung-joo / Professor of Food and Nutrition at Jang An University> “Tofu can be digested very easily, so it is an effective way for seniors to consume much-needed protein and fibers. Organic acid in fermented foods facilitate bodily metabolisms, so they are crucial in this aging society…”

Times are changing and giving rise to new social trends, which are also affecting food consumption habits.

Jang Bo-gyeong reporting for Yonhap News TV.

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