Looking at what people search for on Google can make fascinating reading and with this in mind I did a search on Google Insights for Search for “healthy recipes“.
Insights for Search shows how different search terms change in popularity over time as a proportion of all the Google searches, and the results for “healthy recipes” are very interesting.
They show that for each year since 2004, the search term “healthy recipes” always follows the same rough trend in the UK.
The proportion of people searching for “healthy recipes” always dips sharply in December before rising even more sharply to a year-high in January. It then levels out again by March.
This is not surprising, I suppose, given how people tend to focus on enjoying Christmas and then often try to make healthy changes for the New Year.
But what is even more interesting than the seasonal peaks and troughs is that “healthy recipes’ has steadily risen in popularity over the last few years.
This is particularly impressive when you bear in mind that most search terms have gradually decreased over the same time.
Perhaps this means more people are preparing dishes from scratch, so there are more Google searches for all types of recipes. Or maybe it is because people becoming more interested in healthy food. But whatever the reason, the fact that “healthy recipes” has become a more popular search term is good news.
After all, there is now strong scientific evidence that a healthy diet can play an important role in reducing risk of cancer, as well as other chronic diseases.
But when you are searching for healthy recipes on the Internet, it is difficult to be confident that something is a healthy recipe, just because the website you find it on says it is.
The best approach is to go with trusted sources of information and to see if the site says who put the recipe together.
If it is someone with a qualification in healthy eating such as a nutritionist or dietitian, then that is a good starting point.
Why not have a look at the healthy recipes section on our website?
All the recipes have been developed by nutritionists and you can see at a glance how many calories they contain, as well as the fat and salt content.
And it even tells you how many, if any, portions of fruits and vegetables the recipe contains. This means you can use them as a tool to helping you make sure you get at least five portions of fruit and vegetables a day.