The consumption of pulses falls in the new generations

Food is one of the most important issues look after at home. The products that make up the daily menu of a family are closely related to the health of the members of a household. But are they complying with the recommendations made by many nutritionists in this field? Are the new generations assured of a good diet?

According to Spanish Nutrition Foundation, FEN, the menu in Spanish homes has changed a lot. The famous Mediterranean diet is no longer the trend followed by the families of our country and an example is the reduction in the consumption of products such as vegetables, that each time appear less in the plate of the new generations. On the contrary, it has grown the intake of other less healthy foods.


74% drop

If you compare the current situation with that of a few decades ago, vegetables they have gone to a second, and even third plane for the new generations. Putting the menu of a Spanish house on an equal basis a few years ago with that of a current family, the consumption of these products has dropped by 74%.

This is reflected in the Anibes Studio that has made FEN in this 2017. Currently children consume an average of 12.2 grams of pulses a day and adolescents 12.1 grams. Some data that leave 41 grams away that were eaten per day and person a few decades ago. A change that has impoverished the menu of the youngest in Spain.


These products have a high content of proteins, fiber and magnesium, potassium phosphorus and iron. In addition, legumes are a source of vitamin B1, while they are low in sodium and sugars. A food that has many benefits at the nutritional level. On the contrary, other items such as junk food are more present.

Increase in junk food

If the vegetables descend, junk food increases. This is indicated by a study conducted by EAE Business School. This work foresees a future in which this type of food will be more present in the menu of Spanish households. Today, spending on these items in our country is 42.61 per person per year.

The perspective for the future is that in the next few years in Spain fast food consumption has grown at least one 50% until the expenditure on these products is 2,942 million euros. An increase in consumption that is related to the constant publicity of these products to which young people are subjected. This is demonstrated in a study carried out by the University of Granada and the San Rafael University Hospital of the same city. This work has concluded that Spanish children are "overexposed" to unhealthy food television ads.


To reach these conclusions, the researchers analyzed a total of 1,263 announcements issued during 256 hours of generalist and infantile television. In addition, the authors of the work have evaluated the changes that Spanish television has experienced between 2007 and 2013, that is, before and after the regulations (Spanish and European) of public health that regulate these types of television ads came into force. .

Damián Montero

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