Aussies eat more biscuits than fruit: survey

THE majority of Australian adults are eating biscuits and cakes more than they are eating fruit.

While 58 per cent of adults are eating fruit every day, 68 per cent are opting for biscuits and cakes, according to results from a recent Australian Health Survey.

Diabetes Queensland educator Fleur Cross said while the survey found the average Australian's daily kilojoule intake had fallen slightly, the results were still concerning.

The survey found only one in 14 people (seven per cent) were eating enough fruit and vegetables. Worryingly, one in four adults reported eating no vegetables, and more than 40 per cent ate no fruit.

"The survey found, the average Australian adult was getting 12 per cent of their daily kilojoules from saturated fat," Fleur said.

"This is very concerning, because a poor diet high in saturated fat and sugar is a known contributor of obesity and obesity is a risk factor for type 2 diabetes and other chronic conditions.

"A healthy balanced diet rich in fruit and vegetables as well as being physically active for 30 minutes per day can drastically reduce your risk of developing type 2 diabetes."

Topics:  diabetes health obesity

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