With the holidays comes a plethora of delicious cookies, pies, and sweets and the associated excess of carbs and sugar. According to new research conducted by OnePoll on behalf of Quest Nutrition, 87% of Americans experience increased food cravings during the holiday season and 75% experience guilt after giving in to their cravings. The new study of 2,000 Americans found that 81% consider themselves to be health-conscious eaters, but despite their best intentions, all that goes out the window when the holidays approach. In fact, 97% of Americans admit to giving in to their cravings during the festive season. The research also found:
- 46% of Americans said that their willpower to resist cravings is lowest during the holiday season.
- Three in four Americans experience remorse after giving in to their cravings, and more than half (58%) say those feeling of regret dampen their holiday spirit
- The most tempting holiday foods are chocolate chip cookies (44%), followed by pumpkin pie (41%) and mashed potatoes (39%). Also high on the list are Snickerdoodle cookies (24%) and Gingerbread cookies (19%).