Bitter truth revealed

A SURVEY by the CSIRO has found Australians’ intake of junk food or discretionary food is three times higher than the recommended daily limit.

Adelaide Giddens says people should try to buy fresh produce instead of processed foods.

Australia’s diet quality was given a rating of 61 on a 100 point scale, when assessed using the CSIRO Healthy Diet Score, a scientifically validated survey assessing people’s diet quality against the Australian Dietary Guidelines.

The survey showed Australians ate the equivalent of 32kgs of chocolate each year.

More than 40,000 people took part in the survey, which evaluated a person’s diet based on variety, frequency and quantity of the essential food groups and also on factors such as age and gender. CSIRO research director for nutrition and health Professor Manny Noakes said the scores were concerning and unflattering across all respondents.

“If we were handing out report cards for diet quality, Australia would only get a C,”she said.

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