I have been struggling with my concept of the “traditional Scottish diet” in terms of meeting The European Cancer Code guidelines for diet advice:
- Plenty of whole grains, pulses, vegetables and fruits.
- Limited high-calorie foods (foods high in sugar or fat). Avoid sugary drinks.
- Avoid processed meat; limit red meat and foods high in salt.
My understanding of traditional means the foods that can be grown and produced in the country and prepared using long established methods of cooking. In Scottish terms the following items would be a great starting basis for planning healthy eating – with some seasonal variation: