Nutrition Trends Over The Last Few Years

The UK’s National Diet and Nutrition Survey came out recently and showed some good, but also some worrying, trends. We seem to be eating just as little fruit and veg overall – and consequently fibre is low – we’re still not consuming enough oily fish, but red meat and sugar consumption has come down, although the latter is still way higher than it should be. Levels of some really key nutrients including Vitamin A, Vitamin D, iron and folate are also down, which not good news.

You can read a good summary of the main points here:

Diets in decline: Vitamin and nutrient deficiencies on the rise

 By Nikki Cutler

Intakes of most vitamins and minerals have taken a nosedive since 2008, leading to an increase in deficiencies of key nutrients including vitamin A, fibre and iron, according to the UK’s latest National Diet and Nutrition Survey.


And see the full Survey here:

Statistical Summary: National Diet and Nutrition Survey: Years 1 to
9 of the Rolling Programme (2008/09 – 2016/17): Time trend and
income analyses

I don’t agree necessarily with medicating people by, for example, fortifying flour, but something needs to be done to improve the diet choices of the majority of the country it seems.

More certainly needs to be done to help lower-income families especially to obtain healthier food at cheaper prices. I taught some workshops in Blackpool once to help address this issue in a poorer part of the area. I found the will is definitely there to eat more healthily, but the knowledge of how to make better choices, time available to cook and money is an issue for many. I spent much of my time showing how much more cheaply it can be to eat fresh food and make easy, nutrient-dense meals from scratch – and just how expensive and nutritionally-defect processed food really is. But I was equally aware how easy that was for me to say and do in my ivory tower! Much harder to do when the odds are stacked against you. It grieves me.

People across all walks of life clearly need more education and motivation, let alone good manufacturing policies to support the nation instead of creating foods that exacerbate the obesity, diabetes and chronic illness epidemic- don’t get me started lol 😉

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