One in six young people ‘eat fast food twice a day’ – BBC News

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One in six young people eat fast food twice a day, according to a survey of the nation’s eating habits.

The BBC Good Food Nation Survey found that most people eat fast food on average on two days per week.

But in the 16 to 20-year-old category one in six ate fast food at least twice a day, with one in eight eating the same among 21 to 34-year-olds.

The study of more than 5,000 people found that half thought “a meal isn’t a meal without meat”.

However, the same amount were unaware how much meat is a recommended daily amount.

The Department of Health advises an average of no more than 70g per day, which is the equivalent of two-and-a-half rashers of bacon, but nearly one in four think it is at least double that.

The survey found a fifth of men (21%) and 32% of 16 to 21-year-old men and women eat meat at least three times a day.

The typical adult now eats meat at least twice a day and has only six meat-free days a month.

Christine Hayes, brand editorial director of BBC Good Food, said it showed it was “easy to be confused about the amount of meat one can enjoy while still eating a healthy, balanced diet”.

She added: “Those who do eat meat can still cook a Sunday roast and eat the occasional steak when balanced with some meat-free dishes.”

What foods do our bodies need to stay healthy?

The foods we need to eat can be divided into five separate groups.

Food Group Main nutritional benefits How much should we have each day?
Fruit and vegetables(Includes fresh, frozen, juiced, dried or tinned fruit and vegetables) Vitamins, minerals and fibre Five portions
Starchy foods(Includes bread, rice, pasta and potatoes) Energy, fibre, and vitamins and minerals A third of everything we eat
Meat, fish, eggs and beans(Includes fresh meat, fresh and tinned fish, eggs, nuts and pulses) Protein and vitamins and minerals Two to three portions (one portion is an egg or a serving of meat/fish the size of a deck of cards)
Milk and dairy foods(Includes milk, cheese and yoghurt) Protein and calcium Two to three portions (one portion is a small pot of yoghurt or glass of milk)
Foods containing fat and sugar(Includes cakes, biscuits and fizzy drinks) Energy One portion (two biscuits or a small chocolate bar)

The survey found the average household spends 54.65 a week on food, about 20 on eating out and 10 on takeaways.

That is a fall from 57.30 spent on food shopping in 2015 – a difference of 137.80 annually.

It also found that 49% eat fresh food less than once a day in an average week, with nearly one in 10 eating fresh food no more than once a week.

Favourite meals

The poll also found that classic British dishes like as fish and chips and a full English breakfast had dropped out of the nation’s top five favourite meals.

The top five meals in 2016, according to the survey, were:

  1. Sunday roast
  2. Curry
  3. Pizza
  4. Pasta
  5. Steak and chips

However among the 16 to 20-year-olds the top five meals among were:

  1. Pizza
  2. Curry
  3. Pasta
  4. Burger
  5. Steak and chips

Read more: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-37511554

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