Britons move away from traditional diet

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Traditional British breakfasts and cream teas are losing ground in
favour ofhealthier, eclectic foods. These are the findings of the
latest National...

Traditional British breakfasts and cream teas are losing ground in favour ofhealthier, eclectic foods. These are the findings of the latest National FoodSurvey by the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food revealed today, TheTimes reports. Out go soups, eggs, sugar, honey and jam while in come icecream, pickles and sauces inspired by Indian and Chinese cuisine. The panicover BSE and eating beef appears to have faded but people are still cautiousabout meat pies, pasties and beef sausages. Minced beer is as popular as everwith people eating more in dishes such as lasagne and chilli con carne. Evenso, meat eating is down 20 per cent from 20 years ago, with beef down 34 percent, pork 10 per cent and lamb 8 per cent. There are regional variations.Londoners are the most health conscious, eating the most fish, fruit,vegetables and pasta and the least bread and frozen food.The Scots consume the lowest amount of vegetables and the most frozen chipsand fizzy drinks. The Welsh eat the most sugar, potatoes and sweets.People living in the West Midlands drink the highest quantities of tea whilethe highest per capita consumption of meat and eggs is in Yorkshire and theHumber. The most beer and wine drinking goes on in the North East. There,average consumption is double that in the rest of the country. Withoutalcohol the average weekly food bill including soft drinks and sweets was£16.89 per person. The poorest people, in households with an income of lessthan £165 per week, spent £13.78 a week and ate the least fresh meat andvegetables.

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