Eating out: How often and why?

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Release date: January 10, 2019
Eating out: How often and why?
Eating out: How often and why?

Eating out: How often and why?

Most Canadians eat out or purchase takeout food

Percentage of meals eaten out, by frequency
Frequency Percentage
Eat out once a week or more 54%
Eat out less than once a week 39%
Did not eat out in the past month 8%
Totals may not add up to 100% due to rounding

The main reasons for eating out are convenience and socializing

Percentage of meals eaten out, by reason
Reason for eating out Percentage
Eat out for convenience, no time to cook, do not like or know how to cook 40%
Eat out as a treat, for a special occasion or celebration, to socialize with friends or family 52%

Meals eaten out most often are lunch and dinner

Percentage of meals eaten out, by type
Meal type Percentage
Breakfast 10%
Lunch 33%
Dinner 49%

When available, Canadians use nutrition information to make informed choices

57% always, often or sometimes changed their order based on nutrition information on menus or menu boards

Calories per slice of pizza, by type
Pizza type Calories per slice
Margherita 170
Pepperoni 310
Vegetarian 200

Source: General Social Survey (Canadians at Work and Home), 2016.

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