Australian Health Survey: Nutrition Results

And the results are finally in…

The Australian Health Survey 2011-2012 results have been collated and here are just some of the many findings surrounding FOOD AND NUTRITION.


Under 7% of the population are meeting the recommended intake of vegetables!

Only 75% of the population actually eat vegetables or vegetable products (this includes potatoes).

The day before the health survey, only 60% of Australians ate some sort of fruit or fruit dish.

Just over half of Aussies meet the recommendations for usual serves of fruit.

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7 out of 10 people ate meat/poultry products the day before the nutrition survey.

The most commonly consumed meat is chicken. Followed by beef. Ham is the most popular processed meat.

“In 2011-12, over 2.3 million Australians (13%) aged 15 years and over reported that they were on a diet”

Hmmm. Interesting…

All of the above information was obtained from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). For more information and results on the Australian Health Survey, head over to the ABS.

– Jenna


2 thoughts on “Australian Health Survey: Nutrition Results

    • Hi Sam, thanks for the comment!

      A variety of different types of fresh fruit is best! Someone living with diabetes should aim to adopt a healthy well-balanced diet with regular carbohydrate-rich meals/snacks throughout the day.

      For those who count their carbohydrates (most living with Type 1 Diabetes) and are interested, a banana has about 22g of carbohydrates and a typical apple about 15g carbohydrates. All fruit contains carbohydrates due to fruits natural sugars. But carbohydrates are not a bad thing for diabetes!

      If you would like more information, head to or ask your GP for a referral to a dietitian.

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