Researchers looking into the effects of the endless healthy food messaging that's been thrown at us over the recent years have some bad news from the lands north of the border, where not much has changed. Square sausages and bacon have not yet been hounded out of popularity, and five-a-day still mostly refers to bottles of Irn-Bru. Although some of them are sugar-free now.
The study by Abertay and Newcastle universities found that the last 15 years of dietary advice has not changed the average Scottish diet that much, with Scots consuming precisely zero more fruit and vegetables and oily fish than they did in the early 2000s. Diets have grown worse in some ways, with an increased "energy density" of what people are consuming offsetting the few positive developments, like a drop in the consumption of sugary drinks and a bit less processed and red meat on the plate.
Karen Barton from Abertay University said: "We found differences in dietary intake by deprivation, with households in the most deprived areas consuming significantly less fruit and vegetables, oil-rich fish and fibre than those in the least deprived areas. However, intakes for all groups were considerably lower than the Scottish dietary goals." [Scotsman]