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We are still confused about what foods play a vital role in our diet

By Western Daily Press  |  Posted: May 28, 2014

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Visitors to the Royal Bath and West Show know more than most about their food.

But new research shows many of us are still confused about what foods play a vital role in our diet.

Despite health campaigns urging people to make sure their diets contain a mix of fats, carbs, protein, vitamins and minerals, millions of us are unaware of the importance of these elements

The study also shows that two out of three Brits (73 per cent) suffer from energy dips during the week.

While the vast majority of us know the importance of eating vegetables and fruit every day, a new study shows many of us are confused about what else we should be eating.

The study shows that only half of us are aware of the importance of consuming fats daily as part of our diet, possibly wrongly believing that all fats are bad.

Furthermore, 30 per cent do not know they need minerals and 20 per cent vitamins every day, while one in seven of us don't rate fibre as being an important part of our diets, and a fifth protein.

The study also reveals that 81 per cent of us have absolutely no idea how much protein they should consume daily, while a further one in five (17 per cent) believe that protein rich foods are unhealthy or high in fat.

Furthermore, one in ten (11 per cent) believe chocolate, beer and wine to be good sources of protein.

The study is released as Upbeat launches National Protein Week, dedicated to educating people on the important role protein plays.

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