Australians more likely to dine out this year

Australians have been more inclined to eat out this year than they were in 2009, a new study shows.

Galaxy Research found that one in three people aged 18 or over are now going out for a meal at least once a week, with 15 per cent of the 1,010 Australians polled also stating that they go out for breakfast once a week or more.

Meanwhile, 32 per cent said they enjoy dining out for an evening meal every seven days while 38 per cent pop out for lunch.

The news may interest Aussies looking to compare credit cards in search of the best spending power. However, while the findings may point towards more splurges on the plastic, they are not proof of rising gluttony among Aussie food lovers.

In fact, as the AAP observed, people are actually choosing healthier alternatives when they dine out, with American Express Dining Insights Research showing that one in four Australians are ordering healthier meals than they were 12 months ago.

"Australians have a love affair with eating out but more and more they are balancing up the need to look after their health and their waistline," American Express VP Geoff Begg told the news agency.

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