Australia’s #1 Natural Health Site
Search
Articles  |  Nutrition  |   4 out of 5 Aussies not eating enough fruit and veg

4 out of 5 Aussies not eating enough fruit and veg

4 out of 5 Aussies not eating enough fruit and veg

4 out of 5 Aussies not eating enough fruit and veg

A new CSIRO study has found that most Aussies aren’t eating enough fruits and vegetables.
 
The landmark report – the largest of its kind ever done in Australia – tracked 145,975 people over 18 months, logging their dietary habits.
 
Called the ‘Fruit, Vegetable and Diet Score’ report, it found that 51% (one in two!) Australian adults don’t eat the recommended amount of fruit. And 66% (two out of three) adults don’t eat enough veggies.
 
Women were only slightly better at eating fruits and veg, with almost a quarter meeting dietary recommendations, compared to just 15% of men.

Australians: not as healthy as we think?

Professor Noakes, CSIRO Research Director and co-author of the CSIRO Total Wellbeing Diet explained: "Many Aussies believe themselves to be healthy, yet this report shows the majority of those surveyed are not getting all the beneficial nutrients from fruit and vegetables needed for a healthy, balanced diet."
 
The study was done with support from Horticulture Innovation Australia. Its CEO, John Lloyd echoed Professor Noakes’ sentiments:
 
"For a country with an abundance of high-quality, locally-grown fruit and vegetables available all year round, it’s disappointing so many Australians are missing out and not enjoying enough variety in their diets."

How to eat more fruits and veggies

Clearly, there’s a gap between our healthy intentions and our habits. So how can we make small changes to boost our diet with fresh, whole foods?
 
CSIRO suggests adding three different types of veggies to your dinner. This is an easy way to boost your intake of essential nutrients and vitamins, without overhauling your lifestyle too drastically.
 
"Increasing the amount of fruit and vegetables we eat is one of the simplest ways Australians can improve their health and wellbeing today as well as combat the growing rates of obesity and lifestyle diseases such as heart disease, Type 2 diabetes and a third of all cancers," Professor Noakes said.
 
"Diets high in fruit and vegetables have been shown to improve psychological and physical markers of wellbeing. In particular, phytochemicals from fruit and vegetables reduce systemic inflammation which can lead to chronic disease.”
 
For personal dietary advice, chat with a dietician or nutritionist.
Close

Topic: Nutrition

Featured Nutrition

International Institute of Kinesiology Australia

International Institute of Kinesiology Australia

Optimum Wellness Through Mind Body Medicine. Touch For Health. Specialised Kinesiology & Kinesioprac...

 
0438 256 738

By International Institute of Kinesiology Australia

Lynshiels

Lynshiels

Call NOW for an appointment. First 50 callers will receive 25% discount on initial consultation fe...

 
0414 619 367

By Lynshiels

Sydney Osteopathic Healthcare - Osteopathy

Sydney Osteopathic Healthcare - Osteopathy

Sydney Osteopathic Specialists

 
1300 067 836

By Sydney Health Professionals

Surfside Health - Clinical Nutritional

Surfside Health - Clinical Nutritional

For all of your professional Nutritional Consultation and Treatment services in the greater Wollongo...

 
0438 222 017

By Surfside Health

About Wholistic Therapies Pty. Ltd.

About Wholistic Therapies Pty. Ltd.

Wholistic Therapies offers: Chiropractic & Osteopathy, Naturopathy & Herbalism, Neuro-Emotional Ther...

 
0418 263 361

By Wholistic Therapies Pty. Ltd.