Strawberry and brussel
sprouts crowned the North West's favourite fruit and veg
new survey, commissioned to promote Diabetes UK's 'Food you Love'
campaign during Diabetes
found that brussel sprouts are the North West's favourite vegetable,
receiving 12% of the total vote. Strawberry saw off stiff competition from
the banana to take the fruit crown with a 16% of the vote.
Following strawberry at the top of the table were apple, pineapple and
melon. Conversely, some produce seems to have fallen from favour with only
1% of people voting for pomegranate, peach and grapefruit.
The quintessential Christmas dinner veg, brussel
were joined by mushroom and
sweetcorn at the top of the veg table, both receiving 11% of the vote, while
kale was a surprise claimant for the region's least favourite vegetable
receiving no votes.
Elsewhere in the north there were a few surprises, with Manchester voting
the mushroom its most popular vegetable (13%), while people in the North
East are the nation's biggest pineapple fans with 22% voting for the spiky
In order to get people
eating more healthily, Diabetes UK has embarked on a new
'Food you love' advertising campaign all about healthy eating to inspire everyone with
recipes featuring the food they love, but healthier. The charity hopes the
easy recipes and tips will inspire more people to make small changes that
can make a big difference to how they manage their diabetes.
Dan Howarth, Head of Care
at Diabetes UK, said:-
"It is fascinating to see the variation in the North West's
fruit and veg taste. Who knew that we were so keen on strawberries, or that
more than one in ten think the brussel sprout is the best veg? Eating fruit and veg is a great way of getting vital vitamins
and fibre and a much healthier snack option than reaching for crisps, cereal
bars or even smoothies. They are also low in calories and super filling."
The 'Food you love'
campaign is being fronted by 5 'everyday' people living with diabetes
cooking their favourite recipes and has received celebrity support from
chefs including:- Jamie Oliver, Prue Leith, 'Deliciously' Ella and Angela Hartnett.
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the charity will be highlighting the importance of a healthy diet and
lifestyle in managing all types of diabetes and preventing Type 2 diabetes,
through eating well, getting active and maintaining a healthy weight.
The charity's theme for Diabetes Week 2017:-
'Know Diabetes. Fight Diabetes', reflects this
call for change. They're asking others to get involved, share their stories
of how they know or fight diabetes online and help the charity fight for a
world where diabetes can do no harm.