Brits 'don't know' about food nasties

4 January 2013

A high proportion of people living in the UK are ill-informed when it comes to how much salt, sugar and saturated fats are "hidden" in some of their favourite dishes, according to new research.

The Department of Health reported that 77 per cent of Brits tend to not fully understand what goes into the types of food they enjoy eating.

So bad was it that one per cent of the 2,000 people polled answered all 12 questions about ingredients correctly.

Some interesting revelations included the fact that 60 per cent of Brits were unaware that a small pepperoni pizza had more saturated fat than fish and chips, while an equal amount did not know that the ideal intake of salt a day should be roughly one teaspoon.

The Department of Transport made the revelations as it launched its Changed4Life campaign, which aims to improve people's understanding of what exactly goes into their food.

"It's really important to be aware of what hidden nasties may be in your food, and to know what you’re putting in your or your family’s bodies," commented Ainsley Harriot, an ambassador for the campaign.

"Some of our favourite meals, takeaways and snacks contain high amounts of salt, sugar and saturated fat - it’s our job to make sure that we know where they are hiding."

Posted by Edward Bartel

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