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Surveys online: Tea & toast on the decline

Surveys online say traditional British treats are not as popular. Take a consumer survey and get paid online

Data from surveys online has revealed a change in our eating habits here in the UK, with traditional refreshments on the decline.

According to the National Food Survey, the latest food trends have shifted significantly from households in 1974. The recent surveys online showed that bread consumption is down by 40%, and tea consumption has fallen from an average of 23 cups per week in 1974 to just eight cups today. Traditional toast toppings, such as dripping and butter, are also proving much less popular.

Although the surveys online may look like we are making healthier choices here in the UK, with a clear shift to low calorie soft drinks and skimmed milk rather than whole milk, our weekly consumption of convenience food has dramatically increased. Sales of pizza, crisps and ready meals are notable favourites for most in the modern surveys online.

One positive outcome for consumers who took part in the surveys online was that we spend a much lower proportion of our income on food. In 1974 most people spent 24% of their wages on food, whereas today’s shoppers spend 11%.

If you’re a foodie (and preferably not giving up sweet stuff for lent) take a look at this gallery of the most popular sweet snacks in the UK today. Some are traditional (there are some great facts in there about Jelly Babies) and some are slightly more modern. Surveys online have voted these our firm favourites, so it remains to be said that us Brits just love our snacks. Tea and toast may be on the decline, but apparently Starburst will suit us just fine.

What do you think? Do you love a traditional cuppa and a crumpet, or are you more of a crisps kind of person? Do you think it matters that traditional foods are on their way out, or is it good that we move on and make new snacks the number one? Share all your foodie favourites (and maybe some guilty pleasures) on our Facebook page, and make sure you have your say and earn money with paid surveys online at Opinion Outpost UK.

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