NEARLY three-quarters of Britons go without green vegetables on their plate for more than a week, research has revealed. Despite health experts recommending a diet rich in leafy green vegetables, 68 per cent fail to eat recommended portions for days on end.
And one in 20 has not eaten a single one in a month or longer, the study found.
It also revealed that 16 per cent felt “unhealthy” while 13 per cent admitted their diet made them unhappy.
Aileen Nicol, campaign director at Organic UK, which conducted the survey, said: “A large proportion of Brits are clearly not getting enough fresh, organic foods in their diets.
“The fact that almost 40 per cent of the average dinner plate is beige in colour is worrying, as there are so many benefits of a diet rich in organic proteins and vegetables, not to mention the positive impact choosing organic has for animal welfare and the environment. The importance of ‘feelgood food’ is proven by this poll which shows that 13 per cent of people feel unhappy due to what they eat.”
Green leafy vegetables have important health benefits, including protecting bones from osteoporosis and helping stave off inflammatory diseases.
They are also said to help prevent cancer because of their high antioxidant content.
However the average adult eats just three of the recommended five to 10 portions of fruit and vegetables a day, the survey found.
Only 37 per cent were confident they had a healthy diet.
Six per cent admitted eating badly all the time, with nearly one in five constantly feeling guilty.
White and starchy carbohydrates, including chips, pasta and potatoes, make up the majority – 35 per cent – of dinner plates, even though experts insist our plates should be fiied with fresh fruit and veg.
The average adult does not eat a meal of mostly fresh produce in as many as four days.