Eat like a Victorian?

Victorians' diet of vegs and little meat could be best

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'Eat like a Victorian farm-hand' may not be the best advice

"Researchers have found the eating habits of Victorian peasants were perhaps the best," is the misleading headline from the Mail Online.

The Mail, as well as many other UK media outlets, presents a distorted version of a study exploring regional variations in diet among Victorian people, using surveys carried out at the time. While it may be that country-dwellers in 1850 generally had a better diet than their city dwelling counterparts, these findings don't directly apply to 2018.

What the research actually shows is that many people from both urban and rural populations in the UK were poor, had little food and were likely to be malnourished.

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Victorian Food For The Rich & Poor Children

Victorian food and what was eaten varied hugely at the time between the rich and the poor and this was the same for children too. Rich children ate extremely well whereas as a generalisation the poor had limited choices and availability.

At the beginning of the Victorian Period the food of choice was that which was in season, available locally or had been pickled or preserved. With the advancements of the industrial revolution however and the invention of the railways and steam ships food began to be sent across the country and imported from overseas.

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