AUSVEG is urging Australians to buy more vegetables to give themselves the best opportunity to meet the guidelines for vegetable intake, following the release of a report from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) that indicates Australians are only buying enough vegetables for 2.3 daily serves, well short of the recommended five or more daily serves.

The ABS figures were taken from the recently-published Apparent Consumption of Foodstuffs, Australia, 2018–19, and reported on sales of foods from supermarkets, grocery stores, convenience and specialty stores.

For this report, ‘apparent consumption’ refers to the amount of food purchased based on sales data, but does not measure actual consumption as it does not account for food purchased from restaurants, fast foods and cafes, or food not consumed through waste or storage.

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