THE traditional full Scottish fry-up is at risk of complete extinction as more people under the age of 30 have never had one.

Research has revealed that as many as 17 per cent of those born since 1990 have never tried the iconic mainstay of the nation.

The study by Ginger Research also discovered that black pudding is the single most unappealing thing about the traditionally fry -up.

The Full Scottish breakfast dates back to the 1800’s when the Victorians made it the most important meal of the day, using it as an opportunity to display their wealth and hospitality.

It typically consist of eggs, back bacon, link or slice sausage, black pudding, white pudding and a tattie scone.

However more awareness and concerns over health mean that more young Scots are avoiding the fry up, with a quarter (23 per cent) of 18 to 30-year-olds saying they associate the dish with heart attacks.

The same number also say the full Scottish is common with obesity.

There are also a large number (24 per cent) who believe it is too greasy, and more than four in 10 (42 per cent) bizarrely said it reminded them of men in vests hanging around in transport cafes.

When asked to rate how healthy fry ups are on a scale of one to 10, with 10 being very unhealthy and 0 being extremely healthy, the average 18 to 30-year-old Scot rated it a seven.

A third it conjures up images of Brits abroad, and 29 per cent of the 2,000 asked that they cringe when they see UK tourists on holiday tucking into a cooked breakfast.

Instead of the greasy bacon, lukewarm beans and processed sausages, young Scots would rather have a healthy alternative.

The research revealed that six in 10 young Scots would rather tuck into smoked salmon and scrambled eggs, smashed avocado on toast and oatmeal pancake, than brave a full Scottish. And one in 20 (5 per cent would even rather eat a bowl of muesli. Researchers believe the shock results could spell the end for the full Scottish fry-up, often associated as a cure for a hangover, as health conscious Scots change their eating habits.

Said Ellie Glason, Director of polling firm Ginger Research, who commissioned the study: “The results of our nationwide breakfast research suggest the full Scottish could become a thing of the past, due to the health concerns of younger people.

"In fact, according to the results, avocado, scrambled eggs, salmon and oatmeal pancakes have replaced the humble fry-up in the nation’s hearts.

"The study found that over half of young adults believe Scots is becoming more health conscious and shunning traditional meals like fried breakfasts and pie and chips."

The study can be found here