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Eating behavior in Poland - statistics & facts

Some of the most popular Polish dishes, such as pierogi or bigos, contain meat as their key ingredient. Polish cuisine is the most popular cooking style in the country. What is new, though, is the change in meat consumption in Poland. Between 2018 and 2019, the country’s inhabitants reduced their meat intake by 2.3 percent, consuming a total of 61 kilograms of meat per capita in 2019.

Despite Polish cuisine dominating Poles’ eating preferences, there is also other food which the Slavs are eager to try. The leading international cuisine which Poles were most curious about was Georgian, followed by varieties of Asian food. In terms of eating out, pizzerias and fast food chains are the two most popular food places among Polish men and women. At the same time, social activities such as meeting friends or family are the leading reason for enjoying a meal in restaurants instead of at home.

Throughout the day, Poles normally consume an average of five different meals. Out of those, dinner is perceived as the most popular and important one. Moreover, people in Poland tend to opt for a healthy choice of snacks. In 2019, fruit and vegetables were the most favored bites to grab in between meals. Regarding global food knowledge, street food was by far the most recognized food trend in Poland, followed by sushi rolls to go. When eating out during the weekend, Polish people were most likely to spend between 21 and 30 zloty on a single meal.

In 2019, dieters constituted almost 40 percent of Poland’s population, with excluding sugar being the most popular dietary restriction in the country. The main drive behind Polish people’s dietary choices was the desire to achieve an overall healthy lifestyle. Except for reducing sugar intake, there are also Poles who decided to give up their meat consumption completely. As a result, in 2019, over eight percent of the Polish population followed a speciality diet excluding meat. For the majority of Poles, giving up meat was unimaginable and has therefore become the main barrier to becoming a vegetarian.

Nevertheless, the vegan and vegetarian markets have seen a rise in popularity and new products are continuously introduced on the global stage. Therefore, vegan diet and food might become the next new trend in Poland's food landscape.

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