A third of people in the UK are struggling to eat healthily, a leading charity has found.
Poll of 2,444 people conducted by the British Health Foundation (BHF) found that two thirds of people in the UK wish they could eat more healthily.
But 42% said they could not because it is “too expensive”. One in four had not bought any fruit of vegetables in the past week.
According to the BHF, food prices have risen twice as fast as rent over the last five years. Two in five say they “sacrifice healthiness for cost” when buying food.
And many respondents bought ready meals, despite being aware they can contain high levels of saturated fat and salt.
Victoria Taylor, Senior Dietitian at the BHF, said: “Healthy eating on a budget is one of the biggest challenges of our times. With the increasing cost of a weekly shopping basket it’s a real concern that despite people’s best intentions they’re struggling to eat healthily.
“But there are ways you can make healthy home-cooking more affordable, so that the rising price of your food shop doesn’t need to come at a cost to your heart health.”
Suggestions on eating healthily on a low budget are available on the BHF website.