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Fun Friday Food Facts, Vol. 22

17th Jun 2022 - 07:00
To celebrate the British Nutrition Foundation’s Healthy Eating Week (13-17 June) we have found some of our favourite healthy food facts.
  • Japan introduced a national healthy eating campaign called ‘shokuiku’ in 2005 to combat rising obesity. Four years later childhood obesity rates were dropping in every age group.
  • Low-fat products are not necessarily ‘healthy’ because food manufacturers often replace fat with sugar to make up for the flavour loss.
  • Great British Pea Week runs from 4-10 July 2022 and the UK alone is home to 700 pea farmers who produce around 160,000 tonnes of frozen peas every year.
  • China is the largest producer of tomatoes followed by the US and India. More than 7,500 varieties of tomatoes are available in the world.
  • It does not meet all nutritional needs, but the potato is the closest to complete nutrition in a single food. An Australian man survived a year eating only spuds – and shed 117lb (50kg) along the way.
  • A 2017 YouGov poll found that 82% of people surveyed liked pineapple, but only 53% liked the fruit on their pizza.
Written by
Edward Waddell