Brussels sprouts may have been your least favourite Christmas food as a child, but today they’re more popular than pigs in blankets.
While, for some, it’s impossible to turn down a tasty bacon-wrapped chipolata sausage, it would seem the people have spoken on this one – in a Tesco survey, customers said the bitter cruciferous vegetable was a more important addition to the festive table.
So why have Brits turned on the meaty side dish? It seems it might have something to do with the rise in vegetarianism and veganism, which means meat-free meals are cropping up on Christmas tables all around the UK.
A fifth of hosts will now cook for a vegan or vegetarian at their Christmas table, and in one area – Brighton – 12% will make a plant-based main – compared to just 5% in Scotland, according to the Tesco research.
People might also be gravitating towards Brussels sprouts for their notable health benefits.
The sprouts are said to be high in fibre, as well as B6, as well as vital minerals like iron, potassium and magnesium – so they add a nutritious touch to what can often be a calorie-laden meal. Not that we’ll be laying off any of the roast potatoes, thank you.
Then again, there’s simply the possibility some people prefer the bitter taste of sprouts to pigs in blankets.
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