Most of us are not aware of the amount of salt we consume each day
through the food that we eat and the British are no different, says research!
According to a recent study the majority of Brits are still
unaware of how much salt, sugar and saturated fat they consume by indulging in
their favorite foods such as snacks, takeaways and ready-to-eat meals, with 77
per cent of respondent receiving a low food IQ rating.
A 'Food IQ' quiz designed to
highlight levels of salt, sugar and saturated fat in popular foods was launched
as part of the campaign for healthy living " Change4Life". Only three of the
2000 people who took part in the survey answered all the 12 questions
While more than 50% of the people
surveyed were not aware that the daily recommended quota of salt was only one
teaspoon, eighty five per cent were blissfully unaware that a pre-packed ham
and cheese sandwich contained more salt than a readymeal Chicken Tikka Masala,
an Indian Curry. Most of those surveyed hardly knew that a fat-free strawberry
yoghurt contains more sugar than a bowl full of cornflakes.
four per cent of those surveyed expressed a desire to lead healthier lives,
nevertheless the scores were very low. Several factors, including time and
cost, were preventing people from choosing healthier options.
The price of food was a major
concern with more than half of the subjects opting for the food stuff which
they are sure the whole family will eat, over fresh ingredients.
What people fail to realize is
that it is extremely important to know the ingredients present in the daily
family food. It is indeed a matter of great concern that fast foods, which help
to facilitate our speedy lifestyle, contain high levels of salt, sugar and
saturated (or unhealthy) fat and that we must not shut our eyes to this fact !
Most people make careless choices
regarding food because of paucity of time and shortage of money. But, by making
bad food choices we are destroying the very foundation of our healthy
existence. It may help to know that it is possible to make smart and healthy
food choices even if you are someone with budget constraints.
Some of the simple steps to healthier
eating involves cutting down on saturated fats, eating fewer foods that contain
white sugar, choosing low salt foods and prudently checking the label for the
list of ingredients before you buy any ready-made food. Another wise move would
be to cook food at home and reduce the frequency of ready- made food consumed.
Remember, we are what we eat or what we think we