A recent survey shows that the average Briton has just 1.6 portions of green veg a day. Also, they are not very familiar with various vegetables; one in ten is unable to spot a cabbage. Some eight in ten UK adults realise they should be eating more vegetables, but one in ten failed to identify cabbages and asparagus, while one in six couldn’t pick leeks out of a photo line-up. More than a third unable to recognise watercress or pak choi and 60 per cent flummoxed by kale, according to a survey of 2,000 adults.
While green vegetables should be making up the bulk of the three portions of veg a day that nutritionists strongly recommend, the average consumption is just over 1.5 portions – with only 39 per cent of Brits claim to even like greens.
Inews.co.uk quoted Dr Max Gowland, chief scientific officer at FutureYou Cambridge, the nutritional supplement company which carried out the research, as saying: “We all know how important it is for our bodies to have the vital nutrients, vitamins and minerals you receive from vegetables, so these results are particularly alarming – especially when almost everybody knows they don’t eat enough of them.”
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