Survey Finds Britons Lack Knowledge about Key Health Foods

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21st February 2013 17:30 - Food


In line with National Heart Month, market research from HGCA, the cereals and oilseeds division of the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board, has shown that while many Britons worry about the health of their heart and cholesterol levels, they lack key understanding of the natural foods which prevent problems.

The survey of 2,000 UK adults found that as many as three in ten felt that heart health is their top personal medical concern and one in three are most worried about the heart health of loved ones. In addition, one in five state their top concern is cholesterol.

Nevertheless, while it is fully accepted that what people eat plays a crucial role in having a healthy heart and good cholesterol levels, the survey found that many Britons have no idea which foods are highly important.

Only one in five respondents knew that rapeseed oil helps maintain a healthy heart and lowers cholesterol, while 65% didn’t realise that rapeseed oil is lower in saturated fat than other vegetable oils.

Many respondents were also in the dark about other key natural foods that aid significantly in maintaining a healthy heart - 66% were unaware of the heart benefits of white fish, 46% didn’t know about the importance of oily fish and three-quarters didn’t know about the advantages of apples and carrots.

Furthermore, 54% of the respondents didn’t realise that porridge oats are excellent at lowering cholesterol levels.

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