BRITONS eat the equivalent of one "core meal" outside the home every day of the year, research out today shows.

Lack of time is prompting consumers to choose the most convenient ways of feeding themselves, says a report by market analysts Datamonitor.

Its survey of 944 UK adults showed they ate an average 365.2 core meals outside the home per year. Core meals are defined as breakfast, lunch and dinner eaten within recognised "time windows". It includes sandwiches eaten for lunch at work.

As well as core meals, the respondents ate an average 267.8 snacks outside the home over the course of a year.