Lifestyle Food Choices Of Modern UK Residents

There is no doubt that the United Kingdom has changed significantly over the past few years. The county has gotten more diverse and its inhabitants have changed their habits in numerous ways. The residents of the United Kingdom have definitely changed their eating habits. The food choices and the amount of money spent on foods in the United Kingdom have changed immensely. What are Britain residents doing now that they were not many years ago? You’ll find out in the comprehensive guide below.

Food Prices Have Soared

One thing to know is that food prices in the United Kingdom have soared immensely. Since 2007, the average prices of food have increased by as much as twelve percent. This also means that consumers are spending more on food than ever before. It is now estimated that 17p of every pound spent in the United Kingdom is spent on food by the country’s poorest 20%. The average UK family spends 11p per 1 pound of income on food. Surprisingly, some foods have increased more than others.

The Highest Increases

Again, some foods in the United Kingdom have climbed higher than others. The biggest price increases were seen with cooking oils, margarine and butter. In fact, these things have climbed as much as 55% since 2007. They are followed by sugar, jam and confectionery. These items have climbed as high as 39%. Nevertheless, this hasn’t put off Britain residents. It is estimated that more than 20% of all food and drink purchases in the country include foods that drinks that are high in sugar and fat. Suffice to say, the residents of the United Kingdom are spending more on junk foods, despite the government recommended that these foods only make up 8% of their plates.

Fruits And Vegetables Drop

Another surprising fact is that food and vegetable consumption in the United Kingdom has dropped significantly. It is believed that this might have something to do with the rising prices. On average, most UK families will consume just 4 portions of fruits and vegetables per individual each day. For the poorest 10%, this number has dipped as low as 2.9 percent. The numbers are very bad for UK children. The amount of fruits and vegetables they eat is less than 2009. In 2011, it was estimated that only 18% of UK children eat 5 portions of fruits and vegetables every day.

Only 6.6% of adults and 4.7% of children consume no fruits and vegetables at all. Nevertheless, UK residents absolutely love vegetables cooked in the very best pressure cooker! When in the UK, you should try it out for yourself.

Where The Food Comes From

So, where are UK residents getting their foods? Surprisingly, most of the foods consumed in the United Kingdom come directly from the country itself. In 2012, it was estimated that 53% of all foods consumed in the United Kingdom were made or farmed in the country. The rest of the EU made up 28% of the foods consumed. Other countries were far lower. Suffice to say, the British absolutely adore native foods and cuisine.


  1. Laurence Price says

    This looks great. Kids should learn how to cook at an early age. It’s a great skill to ahve.

  2. Mishelle Greening says

    I think it would be great if kids could take a class in this as the skill of growing your own food has fallen by the wayside. Learn the how to’s thru the fall and winter and then grow in the spring when they can. Divi up thru the summer on how to keep watered (rain barrels?) and weeded then eat them in the fall. It’s a skill that not everyone knows anymore and I think it might help. The veges could be used for a picnic in early sept to meet the teachers, think of it – come picnic with food our own kids made!!


  3. Treen Goodwin says

    Looks delish , thanks for sharing , very interesting !!!

  4. Elaine Buonsante says

    The rise in the cost of food is quite shocking!

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