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UK Population Not Meeting Dietary Recommendations

A healthy, balanced diet is the ideal way to get all of your needed nutrients and vitamins. A recent study, however, shows that people in the United Kingdom are not meeting dietary recommendations.

The report examined dietary intake over four years, which was determined by the annual NDNS survey. This survey includes a representative UK population sample of 1,000 people over the age of 18 months. The population as a whole was found to be consuming too much saturated fat, non-milk extrinsic sugars, and salt and not consuming enough fruit, vegetables, and non-starch polysaccharides.

The main sources of fat were cereal and cereal products as well as meat and meat products. For children under four years of age, the main source of fat was milk products. As for fruits and vegetables, only 33% of adults, 41% of “older” adults, and 10% of boys and 7% of girls between the ages of 11 and 19 were meeting the “5-a-day” recommendation.

The researchers did note that the younger age groups were consuming less sugar and less meat than previous generations. These age groups also had adequate intake of vitamins, except for vitamin D. Vitamin D actually presented a risk of deficiency across all age groups.

Of the surveyed population, 17% of men and 27% of women between the ages of 19 and 64 and 35% of men and 47% of women over the age of 65 took at least one dietary supplement during the four year survey period.

The study was conducted by the National Diet and Nutrition Survey and was compiled by Public Health England.

Maintaining a balanced, healthy diet is essential for good health. If you’re also struggling to meet the fruits and vegetables requirements, consider substituting at least one meat-based meal per week with a vegetarian meal. You can also carry fruits with you throughout the day to snack on or make sure to include at least one green food item with every meal.

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