New Survey Reveals Top 10 Grocery Items That are Wasted

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1. Lettuce

To reduce waste, wrap lettuce in a dish towel to absorb excess moisture and store it in the crisper drawer of the fridge, and consume it within three days since it's the most perishable food that 27% of respondents discard.

2. Bananas

Survey results show that bananas are challenging to consume entirely as 23% of respondents throw them away due to the rapid browning, and if you dislike banana bread, it's even more challenging.

3. Milk

Milk is a challenging food to use up, with 21% of survey participants admitting to wasting it due to quick spoilage, but storing it in the coldest part of the fridge or freezing it can extend its shelf life, and purchasing smaller containers more frequently can also minimize waste.

4. Apples

Although cutting apples and leaving them out causes them to turn brown, they are still safe to eat, but unfortunately, 21% of individuals waste this fruit.

5. Bread

Although 21% of people waste bakery-bought bread by leaving it on the counter to stale, it can be repurposed to make croutons, or alternatively, can be stored fresh for longer by wrapping it in a paper bag, using a bread box, or freezing it.

6. Avocado

Avocado selection can be challenging, as they can quickly turn from hard and vibrant green to black and mushy, leading to 17% of survey respondents discarding them.

7. Deli Meat (meat, cheese, prepared foods, etc.)

Freezing deli meat can extend its usability, particularly for low-water content types like salami, pepperoni, and bologna, but also for other options such as turkey, chicken, ham, and roast beef, which are commonly wasted due to their short shelf life.

8. Eggs

16% of survey participants waste eggs, but the yolks contain most of the micronutrients and protein, and offer health benefits in moderation, though caution is advised for those with heart disease or at risk.

9. Meat

Around 15% of survey participants waste fresh meat, but proper storage is key to avoiding waste; if planning to eat it within 1-2 days, refrigerate it, otherwise, freeze it for longer preservation.

10. Carrots

Improper storage leading to soft and mushy carrots may be a reason why 14% of people waste this popular recipe ingredient.