Australia’s largest ever fruit and vegetable survey has found that 4 out of 5 Australian adults are not eating enough fruit and vegetables.
Most adults aren’t eating enough fruit and vegetables
Australians have easy access to high-quality fruit and vegetables but the majority of adults don’t meet the Australian Dietary Guidelines for their age and gender. Only 24% of women and 15% of men are meeting both the fruit and vegetable guidelines.
How much should you be eating?
The Australian Dietary Guidelines provide age and gender specific recommendations for fruit and vegetable intake. While there is some variation, on average it is recommended that Australians consume 2 serves of fruit and 5 serves of vegetables each day.
People may believe they’re eating more than they truly are
The report describes a very large sample of Australian adults, 15 times larger than the Australian Health Survey. Self-reported intake of fruit and vegetables is higher in this sample, which suggests that people likely believe they eat better than they actually do. This misconception was highlighted in CSIRO Healthy Diet Score 2016 and is an important consideration for future population health campaigns.
Certain groups need more help than others
Men, younger adults, obese adults and unemployed adults have been identified as the key groups who need extra help increasing their intake of fruit and vegetables, although most adults have room to improve.
Variety could be the key to boosting consumption
Fruit and vegetable intake increases with variety. Adults who eat several different types of fruit and vegetables have the highest levels of consumption. A consideration for future population health campaigns is to focus on increasing variety of fruit and vegetables. Increased consumption will likely follow.
3 types of vegetables at dinnertime could be a practical suggestion
A key finding of the report is that adults who always have at least 3 types of vegetables with their evening or main meal are most likely to meet the Australian Dietary Guidelines. Encouraging “1,2,3 @ tea”, i.e. 3 types of vegetables at dinnertime, could be a practical suggestion for increasing intake of vegetables.
How Do Your Eating Habits Measure Up?
Fruit and vegetable intake is a proxy for good health. The CSIRO Healthy Diet Score is a scientifically validated survey that assesses your eating habits against Australia's Dietary Guidelines. Get started now - It takes only 10 minutes
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Sourced from Total Wellbeing Diet in Whitecoat Guides
04 Apr 2017