Eating healthily can be hard, especially these days when convenience foods like ready meals, chocolate and sweets are so easy to come by – but learning to cook can really help you make healthier choices for you and your family.

New research from Diabetes UK has just revealed that broccoli is in fact Scotland’s favourite vegetable, while its favourite fruit was revealed as being strawberries.

The survey was released in time for Diabetes Week and commissioned to promote the organisation’s Food you Love campaign, intended to encourage people to eat more healthily. Diabetes UK wants to inspire Brits everywhere to try out new healthier recipes using the produce they love, with tips and ideas all provided to help people make little changes that could make a big difference when it comes to managing diabetes.

“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,” regional engagement manager Linda McGlynn said.

There are many health benefits to eating broccoli, which could inspire you to start stocking the cupboards with it a bit more in future. Research has been done that found it can help reduce the risk of certain cancers, as well as reducing levels of cholesterol. It also has high levels of folate, an important vitamin, that has been found to reduce the risk of breast cancer in women.

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