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New survey highlights nationwide overconsumption of meat and fast food

30th September 2016

People across the UK may be putting their health at risk by consuming too much meat and fast food, according to a new public survey.

The BBC Good Food Nation Survey polled more than 5,000 people, finding that most ate fast food on average two days per week. However, one in eight 21 to 34-year-olds ate fast food at least twice a day, rising to one in six among 16 to 20-year-olds.

Moreover, half of those polled do not consider a meal to be complete without meat, with the same proportion unaware of how much meat is a recommended daily amount – in reality, no more than 70 g per day, the equivalent of two-and-a-half rashers of bacon.

Nearly one in four people thought the recommended amount was at least double that, with 21 percent of men and 32 percent of 16 to 21-year-olds eating meat at least three times a day.

Overall, the typical adult now eats meat at least twice a day and has only six meat-free days a month.

Christine Hayes, brand editorial director of BBC Good Food, said the results showed it is "easy to be confused about the amount of meat one can enjoy while still eating a healthy, balanced diet".

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