Department of Family and Community Services

4.5 Eating fruit and vegetables

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Usual daily intake of fruit and vegetables

Current position

Only 6.8 percent of NSW women and 4.4 percent of men had a fruit and vegetable intake that met the national dietary guidelines for adequate fruit and vegetable consumption in 2011.

Gender gap

  • Women are 2.4 percentage points more likely than men to meet national dietary guidelines for adequate fruit and vegetable consumption.
The direction of
change over time

Since the last Australian Health Survey in 2007-08, the percentage of women and men meeting the dietary guidelines for fruit and vegetable consumption has changed little.

There has been a slight decline in the percentage of women from 7.1 in 2007-08 to 6.8 percent
in 2011-12.

Discussion

Nearly half of all Australians meet the national guidelines for fruit consumption, but very few do for vegetable consumption.

The percentages of NSW women and men meeting the guidelines for fruit and vegetables separately are shown in Table 2.7.

The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) recommends that adults eat a minimum of two serves of fruit and five serves of vegetables a day to ensure good nutrition and health.

Year collected: 2011 and previous years.
Data source: ABS (2012) Australian Health Survey: First Results, New South Wales. Cat no. 4364.0.
More information is available at www.healthstats.nsw.gov.au

Table 2.7 Meet dietary guidelines for fruit and vegetable consumption, by sex, 2011-12

Usual daily intake 

Women % 

Men % 

Two or more serves of fruit 

56.3

44.8

Five or more serves of vegetables 

9.6

6.8

Adequate fruit and vegetable consumption 

6.8

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