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Date:1/10/2012

e frequency of fruit and vegetable consumption by demographics and lifestyle," Azagba says.

Men, singles, smokers, people in their 40s and households with no children, for example, reached for the fruit bowl less often. The research team also found that:

  • Quebecers went to the crisper more often than their counterparts in any other province. (The territories were not included).
  • Women tended to munch on fruit and vegetables more frequently (5.4 times a day) than men (4.5 times).
  • Those who have a weak social network didn't have as much appetite for fruit and vegetables as those who have strong networks of friends.
  • People with a higher level of education ate carrots and apples more frequently regardless of other demographic and lifestyle factors.

Getting the message out

Eating a daily minimum of five servings of fruits and vegetables is proven to have a slew of health benefits. According to the World Health Organization and the Food and Agricultural Organization, an adequate intake of farm produce reduces the risks of diabetes, strokes, obesity and high blood pressure.

Despite this evidence, the study authors found fruit and vegetable consumption for most people is below the daily recommended value. They suggest that people may be encouraged to eat more broccoli and berries by raising their awareness of the health benefits through media and community-based nutrition programs, as well as through government subsidies of such produce.

"There is no one-size-fits-all strategy to promote healthy eating behaviour; a multifaceted approach would be required to successfully address the low consumption of fruit and vegetables, especially among people from low socioeconomic backgrounds," says Sharaf.


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Contact: Nadia Kherif
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