How much fruit and vegetables the Danes eat

On average, Danes eat about 400 grams of fruit and vegetables. Read more about how much fruit Danes eat

During the period 1995-2000/01, the daily intake of fruit and vegetables among children and adults aged 11-75 years increased by 100 grams.

Intake of vegetables was stagnating in the period 2000/01-2003/06 and the intake of fruit has slightly fallen amongst the 4-10 year old and slightly increased among the 11-75 year old.

Many are eating more
It is not only those who were already eating a lot of fruit and vegetables who are eating more. The proportion of adults who eat less than 200 grams of fruit and vegetables a day has fallen from 42 % in 1995 to 17% in 2003/06. At the same time, the proportion of adults who eat the recommended 600 grams or more of fruit and vegetables daily has grown to 16 % in 2003/06 as compared to 3 % in 1995.

Adults in particular have acquired a taste for eating more fruit. Intake of fruit has increased from 114 to 201 grams a day. Apples and bananas are preferred, partly because they can be eaten without preparation and are therefore especially suitable for between-meal snacks.
The same trend was evident in the growing consumption of vegetables by adults in the period of 1995 to 2000/01. That of salad vegetables such as cucumber, tomato and lettuce has risen the most, while the intake of heavier vegetable types such as cabbage, carrots, leeks and peas, which require more preparation, has gone up rather less. But this development has changed, in the period 2000/01 to 2003/06 the intake of heavier vegetables has exceeded the lighter types of vegetables.
Children too are keeping up. The intake of fruit and vegetables among children aged 4-10 has risen to 353 grams daily – an increase of over 70 grams from the 1995 level of 280 g. This means that 33 % of the children aged 4-10 eat the recommended 400 grams daily, while only 2 % eat less than 100 grams daily.

Room for improvement
However, if we look at the figures from a different point of view, the “6 a day” objective is far from being achieved. From 1995 to 2003/06 the amount of people aged 11-75 eating the recommended quantity of 600 g has increased from 3 to 16 %. But still there should be more people eating an increased amount of fruit and vegetables, and in particular more of them should vary the many different vegetables available to a greater extent.

Intake of fruit, vegetables and juices, g/day, age groups 4-10 and 11-75

 

Year

1995

2000/02

2003/06

 

4-10

11-75

4-10

11-75

4-10

11-75

Number

649

2080

570

3558

213

1517

Vegetables

93

116

125

159

122

155

Fruit

117

114

188

188

182

201

Juices

70

49

47

40

49

42

Total

280

279

360

387

353

398



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