It’s nutrition month, and now may be the ideal time to “pause” from eating one of UKs favourite menu, fish and chips. This dish became popular in wider circles in London and South East England in the middle of the 19th century, and has remained a favourite to date .

The UK’s favourite fish is still Cod, and this accounts for 61.5% of total consumption. Although the North Sea cod stock issue is a serious problem, Cod in the UK is caught within strict management regimes and quota systems setting safe limits for catches agreed by fishermen, scientists and government. Cod caught within these agreed limits are safe for consumers to eat.

Compared to other take-away foods, Fish and chips have: 9.42 grams of fat per 100 grams. The average pizza has 11, Big Mac meal with medium fries has 12.1, Whopper meal with medium fries has 14.5, chicken korma 15.5 and doner kebab 16.2.

Haddock at 25% is the second favorite and varies in Northern Ireland and some parts of Scotland. Fish and chips have 595 calories in the average portion – an average pizza has 871, Big Mac meal with medium fries 888, Whopper meal with medium fries has 892, chicken korma 910 and doner kebab 924.

This favourite food has been on the menu for over 150 years, and it is the love for such food that has launched Nutrition month, and in some countries, year.

The general health of both the young and elderly remains a great concern, thus in an effort to implement safer and healthier eating methods, Nutrition month is emphasised. Nutrition month does not encourage drastic changes in eating habits, but minor adjustments over time.

Coconut oil remains the constant supplement that once incorporated in diet and daily routine, would provide the balance between healthy and unhealthy. Simple treats such as coconut oil in your smoothie or even watching what and when you eat can help. Nutrition month or “March” is a great time to experiment with healthier and more nutritious foods. It is also a great time to get the whole family involved in projects such as baking and whipping up some healthy treats.

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Been a health writer and editor for 15 years. Has contributed to many magazines and web sites.