Turkey still topping the Christmas list

New research from the Food Standards Agency has revealed what the nation will be cooking and eating this Christmas, and offers an insight into our diets and attitudes to food during the festive season.

New research from the Food Standards Agency (FSA) has revealed what the nation will be cooking and eating this Christmas, and offers an insight into our diets and attitudes to food during the festive season.

As a nation of food lovers, 76% of people surveyed said that one of their favourite parts of Christmas was tucking into the traditional turkey and trimmings, and a further 14% said that knowing they could eat lots of food was their favourite part of Christmas.

Vegetables are an essential part of Christmas dinner, with carrots as the nation's favourite, polling 16% of the vote. Brocolli came a close second with 15%. The poor sprout was the least favourite vegetable, and 18% said they only ate it at Christmas.

While turkey is traditional, 57% of people who cook the Christmas meal said they would consider cooking a non-British meal for their Christmas dinner. The top cuisine of choice was Italian, with 30% of the votes, only just beating Chinese (27%) and Indian (23%) into second and third place respectively.

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