Fruit & vegetables
We asked participants what fruit and vegetables they had eaten the previous day. This chapter reports on whether the general population is meeting 5 a day guidelines.
- Around a quarter of men and women consumed the recommended five or more portions of fruit and vegetables.
- 16% of boys and 17% of girls consumed at least five portions of fruit and vegetables.
- The consumption of five or more portions peaked amongst men and women in 2006 at around 28% for men and 32% for women. Levels have dropped slightly since then. There is a similar trend for children.
- Children aged 11-12 and adults aged 16-24 consumed, on average, the lowest number of portions of fruit and vegetables and were least likely to meet the ‘5 a day’ recommendation.
- Both men and women living in London and other regions in the South consumed, on average, the highest number of portions of fruit and vegetables.
- Adults living in London were most likely to meet the ‘5 a day’ recommendation.
Higher consumption of fruit and vegetables was associated with higher income, and vice versa:
- 30% of men and 35% of women in the highest income group consumed five or more portions compared with only 19% of men and 23% of women in the lowest income group. The same pattern was seen in children.