Food habits revelation – India loves meat: Beef-eating is up

Surveys reveal that Indians do love to eat meat in all forms. Needless to say beef too plays a role in it. Almost all communities and regions have records of beef consumption.

Amidst the controversy over banning beef, consumption all over the country has risen marginally, according to recent report released by National Sample Survey Organisation (NSSO), a division of the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation.

Rural households consuming beef increased from 3.9% to 4% between 2010 and 2012 and urban households from 4.3% to 5%. As many as 8 crore Indians consume beef, which includes buffalo meat, according to the latest NSSO data. The food choice varies from beef to milk, eggs and chicken. Of these, chicken is most in demand for obvious reasons of economical and affordability.