Families reducing consumption of fresh foods

A recent report by the Institute of Fiscal Studies has revealed that they have seen a drop in the number of families purchasing fresh fruit and vegetables and an increase in the purchasing of less healthy processed foods since the recession started. This was based on a survey of 15,000 households.

The largest drop in nutritional quality was seen in families, pensioners and single parent households. From 2005-2012 food prices rose by 33% while the money households spent on food dropped by 8.5%.

This has seen a fall in the nutritional quality of foods purchased with consumers moving away from fruit and vegetables and moving towards more processed foods. As a result the total saturated fat and sugar content of food purchases has increased over the last eight years.

safefood recommends the following to help keep the cost of food shopping low but the nutritional quality high:

  • Keep a store cupboard of non perishable items e.g. pasta, rice, cous cous, noodles.
  • All types of fruit and vegetables are full of nutrients so stock up on canned fruits and vegetables such as tomatoes and sweetcorn, kidney beans. Frozen vegetables are super because there’s no waste with them and buying fruit and vegetables that are in season can also reduce the cost.
  • Beans and pulses are a good source of iron and protein.


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Posted: 08/11/2013 14:39:19 by Laura Keaver


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