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November 14 2016

Aussies aren't eating their veggies!

Aussies Aren’t Eating Their Veggies!

96% of Aussie’s are failing to eat enough vegetables according to the latest Australian Healthy Survey results. 1

We should be eating 5+ serves of vegetables and legumes a day (one serve = 75g = half a cup cooked or chopped vegetables or legumes, or 1 cup leafy or raw salad vegetables), yet data from the Australia Bureau of Statistics (ABS) shows that the average Australian only eats around half that amount .1

What’s really alarming is that only 1% of children are meeting their veggie needs. And when it comes to gender, females are significantly out-doing males – 10.2% of females consumed adequate veg compared to 3.8% of males.1

 “It’s the food group that we eat the least, yet it’s the one we should eat from the most!” said Lucinda Hancock, Accredited Nutritionist and CEO of Nutrition Australia Vic Division, in Nutrition Australia’s Media Release during National Nutrition Week.

“Whether they’re fresh, frozen or canned, eating a rainbow of vegetables every day is one of the easiest things we can do to improve our health and wellbeing.”

“Vegetables are full of vitamins, minerals, fibre and antioxidants which all help keep our minds and bodies working day-to-day, and reduce our risk of chronic disease in the future.”  

Luckily, eating enough veggies doesn’t have to be hard. Three simple strategies will have you well on your way to eating five serves per day:  

  1. Make veggies number 1 and put them on your plate first
  2. Make veggies count and cover ½ your plate with them 
  3. Go for the rainbow and eat a variety of colours

What’s also exciting is that vegetables are back ‘on-trend’ and are being embraced in cafes, restaurants and cooking shows. Therefore if you’re stuck on what vegetables to add to your favourite meals or are looking for new inspiration, keep your eyes open when you’re eating out, switch on your telly, or jump online to find new recipes.

From great kids meals to entertaining ideas, check out: http://birdseye.com.au/recipes

To see how easy it is to add a can of vegetables or legumes to your meal, go to: http://edgellplusone.com.au/

References:

  1. Australian Health Survey [internet]. Canberra, ACT: Australian Bureau of Statistics; 2016. Consumption of Food Groups from the Australian Dietary Guidelines, 2011-12; 2016 May 11 [cited 2016 Nov 3]; [about 9 screens]. Available from: http://www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/abs@.nsf/Lookup/by%20Subject/4364.0.55.012~2011-12~Main%20Features~Vegetables,%20legumes%20and%20beans~10