Aussies Aren't Eating Enough Veggies
The National Health Survey has found only 3.8 percent of Aussie men – and 10.2 percent of women – are eating enough vegetables every day. And the people most likely to meet their daily veggie goal? Toddlers.
Yes, toddlers are eating more veggies than Australian adults – but even 80% percent of them aren’t getting enough greens.
Here’s a full breakdown of the findings:
- Men: 3.8% eat enough veggies. 30% eat one serve, but just 17.3% eat three serves.
- Boys: 4.5% eat enough veggies. 35.6% eat one serve, and just 15.3% eat three serves.
- Women: 10.2% eat enough veggies. 22.4% eat one serve, and 22.1% eat three serves.
- Girls: 6.3% eat enough veggies. 33.3% eat one serve, and 17.7% eat three serves.
The recommended intake of veggies is between 4.5 and 6 serves, but we’re falling short there too.
Only 7.1 percent of boys and 7.7 percent of girls eat four serves of vegetables a day, and just 3.9 percent and 4.2 percent respectively eat five or more serves.
Setting a better exampleAs adults, we’re setting a bad example. Just 10.1 percent of adult men and 13.5 percent of adult women eat four serves of veg, while just 5.5 percent and 6.7 percent respectively eat five or more serves.
And according to a Nutrition Australia, 96% of all Australians don’t eat enough vegetables each day – with the average Aussie eating less than half their recommended daily intake.
On top of that, a third of our daily calorie intake comes from less healthy options like lollies, biscuits, cake, take away, soft drinks and alcohol.
So what can be done?“Vegetables aren’t just for dinner - they're a versatile ingredient that can go in any dish, any time of day,” said Lucinda Hancock, Accredited Nutritionist and CEO of Nutrition Australia Victoria Division.
“Whether they’re fresh, frozen or canned, raw, cooked, baked, mashed or sliced, eating more vegetables is one of the simplest things we can all do for better health and wellbeing. Vegetables are full of vitamins, minerals, fibre and antioxidants which help us to live longer and healthier lives.”