Despite a slump in sales of bacon in the United Kingdom, consumers still believe a full English breakfast isn’t the same without a rasher or two.
A survey conducted by London-based YouGov, an international internet-based research firm, found that 89 percent of survey respondents who said they liked a full English breakfast, identified bacon as the food item they want as part of their ideal full English breakfast, followed by sausage with 82 percent of respondents. Interestingly, fried eggs came in fifth place with 65 percent of respondents.
The Daily Mail reported in December 2016 that sales of bacon fell by £123 million in the wake of a World Health Organization (WHO) report in October 2015 that claimed a link between some cancers and consumption of processed meats. Sales of sausages declined by £51 million, according to the report.
And in a survey of 2,000 Britons, more than 25 percent of people aged 18-24 said they removed bacon from their English breakfast, according to Glotech Repairs, a leading appliance repair company in the UK.
Still, dietitians in Britain recommended moderate bacon consumption. Anna Daniels, a dietitian and spokesperson for the British Dietetic Association said “…a little bacon in a full English breakfast occasionally as part of a balanced diet would be perfectly harmless.”