Eating healthily is not linked to a high level of income, according to a report released by the Food Standards Agency (FSA).

The Low Income Diet and Nutrition Survey, published on July 15, found no significant link between income and dietary patterns. Diet-related problems were consistent across the population, regardless of budget.

The British Retail Consortium (BRC) said retailers provide healthy food that is affordable to families of all incomes and that education is the key to improving national eating patterns.

"Over the past 30 years, consumers have spent less and less of their weekly income on food," said BRC director general Kevin Hawkins. "Today, an average trolley of food from the supermarket costs 7% less in real terms than it did in 2000 and 15% less than in 1990. Consumers have a bigger food choice, including more healthy options. Educating consumers about what to do with that choice is now key to improving the nation’s diet."

Price cuts on fruit and veg, healthy eating initiatives and the FSA’s reduced salt consumption targets are all moves contributing to this scenario, said the BRC.