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What are men currently eating in the UK?

Let’s look at what dietary survey data suggest about what men are eating in the UK, in comparison to what is recommended.

Fruit and veg

The recommendation to eat at least 5 portions of fruit and veg per day (equivalent to 400 g) is based on advice from the World Health Organization, to lower the risk of serious health problems, such as heart disease, stroke and some cancers.

Yet only around 1 in 3 of UK men meet the 5-A-DAY advice!

A good way to ensure you get your 5-A-DAY is to have 1 portion with breakfast, 2 with lunch and 2 with dinner. You can add even more by choosing fruit or vegetables as snacks.

You can find more tips on increasing fruit and veg consumption on the healthy eating part of this website.

Oily Fish

Oily fish (e.g. salmon, mackerel, sardines, trout) are high in an important type of fat called long-chain omega-3 fatty acids. These fats may help to prevent heart disease.

Oily fish are also a good source of vitamin D, important for healthy bones and muscles.

We should eat at least one portion (around 140 g when cooked) of oily fish a week, but on average men in the UK eat much less than this. So why not try using canned salmon, mackerel or sardines in a salad or on wholegrain toast to contribute to your oily fish intake. Try and make sure its sustainably sourced.

Oily fish can contain low levels of pollutants that can build up in the body. For this reason, is advised to have no more than four portions of oily fish a week

Information reviewed September 2018

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