4364.0.55.007 - Australian Health Survey: Nutrition First Results - Foods and Nutrients, 2011-12  
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NON-ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES

The Non-alcoholic beverages food group includes tea, coffee, juices, cordials, soft drinks, energy drinks and water.

Almost nine out of ten people reported drinking plain water, including eight out of ten who consumed domestic water (including tap, tank/rain water), and one in ten who drank packaged water including mineral water see Table 4.3. The median amount of drinking water drunk by water consumers was one litre (1,000 grams) per day see Table 6.3.

COFFEE AND TEA

Coffee (including coffee substitutes) was consumed by nearly half the population (46%), while tea was consumed by 38% of people. However, consumption of each beverage type was closely associated with age. For example, coffee was consumed by around one in twenty (4.5%) children aged 2 to 18 years, one in three (34%) people aged 19-30 years and two in three (66%) of the population aged 51-70 years see Table 4.1. Among those who consumed coffee, the median amount of daily consumption was 330 mls (equivalent to a large mug), while the median daily amount of tea consumed by tea drinkers was 400 mls (around two small cups) see Table 6.1. Of the 16.3 million coffees consumed on an average day in 2011-12, around two-thirds were made from instant coffee powder, with one-third from ground coffee.

Graph Image for Persons aged 2 years and over - Coffee and tea consumption(a), 2011-12

Footnote(s): (a) On the day prior to interview.

Source(s): Australian Health Survey: Nutrition First Results - Food and Nutrients, 2011-12



SOFT DRINKS AND FLAVOURED MINERAL WATERS

Soft drinks (including flavoured mineral waters) were consumed by 29% of the population. The level of consumption peaked among 14 to 18 year-olds, with 51% of males and 38% of females in this age group consuming a soft drink on the day prior to interview see Table 4.1. Almost one-third (32%) of all soft drink consumed was intense (artificially) sweetened, with 29% of males and 37% of the females who consumed soft drink consuming an intense-sweetened variety see Table 5.3. Among the population who did report consuming soft drink, the median daily amount consumed was the equivalent of a regular can (375 mls) see Table 6.1.

Graph Image for Persons aged 2 years and over - Soft drink consumption(a)(b), 2011-12

Footnote(s): (a) Includes flavoured mineral waters. (b) On the day prior to interview.

Source(s): Australian Health Survey: Nutrition First Results - Food and Nutrients, 2011-12



FRUIT AND VEGETABLE JUICES AND DRINKS

Overall, just over one-quarter (27%) of the population consumed Fruit and vegetable juices and drinks on the day prior to interview see Table 4.1. The overwhelming majority (95%) of these beverages were made from fruit (rather than vegetable or a fruit and vegetable blend) see Table 5.3. Prevalence of consumption of Fruit and vegetable juices and drinks was highest among the 2-3 year olds with 44% having consumed juice or fruit drink on the day prior to interview. The proportion consuming these products declined with increasing age until the 51-70 years group (21%), but was slightly higher again among the 71 years and over group (25%) see Table 4.1. The median daily amount of Fruit and vegetable juices and drinks consumed was 283 mls see Table 6.1.

Graph Image for Persons aged 2 years and over - Average fruit and vegetable juices and drinks consumption(a)(b), 2011-12

Footnote(s): (a) Fruit and/or vegetable juices and drinks include 'drinks' containing 100% juice or added water, flavours and sweeteners. (b) On the day prior to interview.

Source(s): Australian Health Survey: Nutrition First Results - Food and Nutrients, 2011-12