Recent research shows that most people would benefit from increasing their fruit and vegetable intake. A lifetime habit of eating adequate amounts fruit and vegetables every day can help prevent:
Coronary heart disease
Some forms of cancer
Overweight and obesity
It can also
Reduce blood pressure and blood cholesterol levels
Improve control of diabetes
Health authorities recommend you eat at least 2 serves of fruit and 5 serves of vegetables every day. Pregnant and breastfeeding women should aim to eat 4 to 5 serves of fruit and 6 to 7 serves of vegetables to meet the extra demands of the body.
The amount children should eat depends on their age, appetite and physical activity levels.
Australian adults eat on average 2-3 serves of vegetables per day, half the recommended 5 serves for good health. Although people eat vegetables on most days, they need to increase the amount they eat.
Australian adults eat on average 1-2 serves of fruit per day, most should eat more for their health.