Is our diet that bad?

(152 Posts)
lljkk Thu 07-Mar-13 18:35:33

We eat processed meats most days (DC like ham sandwiches for lunch & I have higher quality ssg rolls in fridge as snacks or for breakfast; I thought protein was a good thing, 8yo especially difficult eater). Plus we all like sausages & mince.

13yo was told by school that 33% of his diet should be fruit + veg and only 5% sugars+fats (% volume? % Calories? Not sure which). 13yo reckons he eats 20% F+veg & 20% sugar+fat daily. Thing is, 13yo eats a plate heaped with vegies for 90% of his evening meals, and 90% of days he has less than 80g of biscuits (or similar sugary intake). I honestly thought that was less sugar & a lot more veg than usual.

For UK I still think our diet is better than average, maybe much better than average. Lots of wholemeal options, strict about jam/sugar in porridge, fizzy drinks a rather rare treat. Plenty of fruit for those who like fruit. But am I deluded about what is truly healthy enough?

Xenia Mon 11-Mar-13 17:21:29

The NHS proposes a very high carb diet which a lot of people do not agree with. However whether you eat meat or not non processed foods whether that is 100% meat only or 100% vegetarian or something in between is going to be a lot better for you than processed junk foods.

ppeatfruit Tue 12-Mar-13 12:54:26

I agree Xenia, after all the publicity about 'Pink slime',(that includes ears, sinews, horsemeat, ABs and the shxx off the abbatoir walls) which is put in sausages and sausage rolls etc, why anyone would feed themselves and their DCs such shxx Is beyond me.

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