There exists a stark North-South divide in terms of
saturated fat consumption across Britain, according to a
The statistics, compiled from research commissioned for
consumer goods giant Unilever, have been presented in
It shows that people living in the north regularly eat
up to double the guideline daily amount (GDA) of
saturated fat, with those in Scotland topping the chart.
North of the border, the average adult consumes up to
55g - 175% more than the average GDA of 20g for women.
Lancashire's figures were next highest, at 44g - or 120%
over the GDA for women - and those in Yorkshire and the
Midlands eat 55% more saturated fat than the GDA.
While people in London and the South East consumed the
least saturated fat of all seven regions studied, they
still exceeded the GDA by 20%.
The average GDA of saturated fat for men is 30g per day.
For women and children aged 5-10, the recommended figure
Dietician Jacqui Morrell said: "This latest research
into the regional consumption habits of the UK is very
worrying (and) illustrates that the UK as a whole is
eating too much saturated fat."