Dessert with Dinner Is on the Decline

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When was the last time you had dessert after dinner — at home?

According to the 29th annual “Eating Patterns in America” report from NPD, only 12 percent of dinners eaten at home include dessert, which is down from 15 percent 10 years ago.

What accounts for this decline?

The report cites two things: an increased focus on nutrition and the trend toward one-dish meals.

If you’re trying to eat healthier, cutting out dessert is an easy and obvious solution. The trend toward one-dish meals — think pastas with veggies, rice bowls, etc. — means adding dessert to the meal makes it more complicated.

Do you still serve dessert at home?

Read more: Bye, Bye American Pie: Desserts Are Disappearing from USA Today