Monday, April 5, 2010

Cupcakes or Cash? New Survey Reveals People Choose Favorite Foods over Money

People apparently can't be pulled away from their beloved pizza, tacos and mac n' cheese, according to a new survey released by the American Heart Association. The survey found that 40 percent of American adults would not accept payment to forgo their favorite foods — with another half of respondents taking no less than $100,000. The purpose of the survey was to assess how people feel about their comfort foods and treats, and the questions about money were hypothetical.

The American Heart Association can help people enjoy a healthier lifestyle without giving up desired foods. Our Online Nutrition Center provides helpful tips for healthy shopping, dining out and cooking, along with delicious recipes and resources for kids. From adding shredded carrots to meatloaf to using zucchini strips instead of lasagna noodles, everyone has their own go-to tip.

And now we want to reward those home chefs with creative substitutions and additions in our Tasty Surprises Twitter Giveaway where followers will have a chance to win prizes like a top-of-the-line mixer ($300 value) and other kitchen supplies.

The four-week Twitter giveaway, hosted by @AHA_Nutweetion, calls on followers to share tips and photos of the substitutions they make to improve the nutritional quality of their favorite dishes. The Twitter follower with the most votes on their picture and tip will win. Each week will focus on a different tenet of the American Heart Association's nutrition guidelines, including:
  • Lowering saturated and trans fats
  • Reducing sodium
  • Eating more fruits and vegetables
  • Increasing consumption of fiber-rich whole grains

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