What do you think influences the brands and types of foods you buy?

Major food companies launch thousands of new products every year. Are there really that many of us trying new things this often? We started to wonder what makes us choose the foods we do? For some of us, our children's taste is a major influence, for others its an expert's opinion.

Tell us, what do you think influences the brands and types of foods you buy? Why?

My own tastes (50.4%)

Children/family (27.3%)

Your doctor/nutritionist (2.2%)

Product packing nutritional information (15.3%)

TV/other advertising (4.9%)

What do you think influences the brands and types of foods you buy?
  • HollyLou By HollyLou
    on Jan 30, 2008  

    I try to make sure my children eat as healthy as possible. If my 4 year old asks for something he's seen on tv I am usually not going to buy it for him. I don't want him to want food that he's seen on tv because it looks "fun".

  • qualityshopper By qualityshopper
    on Jan 30, 2008  

    Being a non-cooker, i look for products that are healthy yet simple to prepare. I look over the ingredients and try to buy low-sodium and not too spicy foods. I wish more micro-wave meals had fewer preservatives, sodium & potassium. quality shopper

  • angel_queen By angel_queen
    on Jan 30, 2008  

    I like to fix delicious meals that are low in fat and healthy for the kids and my husband. We eat a lot of chicken and not much red meat. I put trust in well known brands when the nutritional information meets my expectations.

  • brenrich By brenrich
    on Jan 30, 2008  

    Surviving Cancer patient:

    I've learned what it took to get me where I was...as far as cancer was concerned! It's true what they say, "You Are What You Eat!" I had eaten all of the wrong foods, especially "junk foods", and it had finally caught up with me! Now I listen a little more to my (Holistic) doctor.

    It took, natural herbs, fresh vegetables & fruits, and of course The Creator, to bring me back to life; I was truly on the way out!

    It pays to listen...Eat Healthy!

    on Jan 30, 2008  

    I love to find something that is quick and great tasting! I try new items that I have heard are tasty and easy to prepare.

  • sweetfox By sweetfox
    on Jan 30, 2008  

    I do believe you are what you eat. I look for foods with minimal proccessing. I always buy the whole grain products and read the ingredients when I have to buy processed. I make sure my family eats a lot of fresh fruits and veggies. I do not want to buy food with a lot of additives, sugar, salt and dyes in them. How is it good for you when there are so many chemicals in it?

  • sharonr By sharonr
    on Jan 30, 2008  

    tv influences my choices to some degree but since i am generally sceptical i am forever checking out the claims they make and making sure that i am not just going with the popular thing.

  • cissylynn46 By cissylynn46
    on Jan 30, 2008  

    samples help me make most of my choices if I can try a product I am more intrested in the purchase. I do see some things on tv but I allways go try thwm out.

  • bikergirl76 By bikergirl76
    on Jan 30, 2008  

    Nutritional information is a big influce for me while buying the product.

  • heather118 By heather118
    on Jan 30, 2008  

    I like to try out new foods-and sometimes it is from seeing it on tv--but more often than not, whenever I buy food at the store, it is because it's something that we already eat-or something that I think my family will like--or something I'll need to make a meal.