4364.0.55.009 - Australian Health Survey: Nutrition - State and Territory results, 2011-12  
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Tasmania - Key Facts – Food and Nutrients, 2011-12

FOODS CONSUMED

How much food was consumed in Tasmania?
  • In Tasmania during 2011-12, people aged two years and over consumed an estimated 3 kilograms of foods and beverages (including water) per day, made up of a wide variety of foods.

Foods consumed
A higher proportion of Tasmanians aged two years and over met the recommended usual daily intake of vegetables when compared to the national results (9% compared with 6%). However, a lower proportion of Tasmanians met the recommended usual daily intake of fruit when compared to the national results (48% compared with 52%). 1

Similar proportions consumed the following foods when compared with the national results:
  • ‘Cereals and cereal products’ (88% compared with 89%)
  • ‘Cereal based products and dishes’ (75% compared with 72%)
  • ‘Fruit products and dishes’ (58% compared with 60%)
  • ‘Meat, poultry and game products and dishes’ (69% for both groups)
  • ‘Vegetable products and dishes’ (73% compared with 75%)

Tasmanians were more likely than all Australians to consume:
  • Tea (41% compared with 38%)
  • Coffee (49% compared with 46%)
  • Regular breads and bread rolls (70% compared with 66%)
  • 'Fats and oils' (55% compared with 46%)
  • Milk products and dishes’ (88% compared with 85%)
    • Dairy Milk (76% compared with 68%)
    • Cheese (36% compared with 32%)
  • Potatoes (42% compared with 31%)
  • Carrots and other root vegetables (27% compared with 18%)
  • Cabbage, cauliflower and similar brassica vegetables (14% compared with 10%)
  • Peas and beans (17% compared with 10%)
  • 'Sugar products and dishes' (57% compared with 50%)
  • 'Confectionary' (37% compared with 31%)

Tasmanians were less likely than all Australians to consume:
  • Soft drinks (24% compared with 29%)
  • Mixed dishes where cereal is the major ingredient (e.g. savoury pasta/noodle dishes, burgers, pizza etc.) (32% compared with 35%)
  • 'Fish and seafood products’ (13% compared with 17%).
  • Citrus fruit (11% compared with 15%)
  • Dishes where vegetable is the major component (16% compared with 22%)
For the full list of foods consumed see Tasmania Table 3.1.

Graph Image for Persons aged 2 years and over - Proportion consuming selected food groups, Tasmania and Australia, 2011-12

Footnote(s): (a) Cabbage, cauliflower and similar brassica (b) Carrot and similar root vegetables (c) Dishes where vegetable is the major component

Source(s): National Nutrition and Physical Activity Survey, 2011-12

Discretionary food
  • Tasmanians obtained 38% of their energy from 'discretionary foods'. This was higher than the Australian average (35%).
  • Adults (aged 19 years and over) in Tasmania obtained 38% of daily energy from discretionary foods. The main food groups contributing to the total energy consumed from discretionary foods were ‘cereal based products and dishes’ (10.7%), ‘alcoholic beverages’ (5.9%) and ‘non-alcoholic beverages’ (4.0%).
  • Children (aged 2-18 years) in Tasmania obtained 38% of daily energy from discretionary foods. The main food group contributing to the total energy consumed from discretionary foods was also ‘cereal based products and dishes’ (13.1%) followed by ‘non-alcoholic beverages’ (5.6%), and ‘confectionary‘(4.3%).
For more information see Tasmania Table 5.1.

ENERGY AND NUTRIENTS

Energy
  • Men in Tasmania consumed a similar amount of kilojoules when compared with all Australian men (10,143kJ compared with 9,954kJ), however women consumed more when compared with all Australian women (7,769kJ compared with 7,420kJ). Total energy intake is likely to be an under-estimate due to under-reporting.
  • Carbohydrates contributed the largest proportion of total energy for Tasmanians (similar to all Australians), supplying 46% on average with the balance of energy coming from fat (31%), protein (17%) and dietary fibre (2%). Alcohol also provided 4% of energy intake for Tasmanian adults. These are within the Acceptable Macronutrient Distribution Ranges and within the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) recommended alcohol intake.
For more information see Tasmania Table 1.1 and Tasmania Table 2.1.

Selected macro and micro nutrients
  • Over one third of all men (36%) and one in four women (24%) in Tasmania consumed alcohol on the day before interview (see Tasmania Table 3.1 for more information).
  • In 2011-12, the average daily consumption of calcium for women aged 19 years and over in Tasmania was 810mg. This was similar to the estimated average requirement (EAR) of 840mg for females aged 19-50 years, however it was below the EAR of 1100mg for females aged 51 years and over.
  • Tasmanians aged two years and over had a higher average calcium intake when compared with all Australians (872mg compared with 805mg for all Australians). Differences in food consumed may help to explain this difference. See Tasmania Table 1.1 for more information.
  • Both boys (aged 2-18 years) and adult males in Tasmania had an average intake of salt (2,792mg and 2,843mg respectively) that exceeded the adult upper level of intake of 2,300mg. See Tasmania Table 1.1 for more information.

FOOD AVOIDANCE
  • In 2011-12, 20% of Tasmanians aged two years or over reported avoiding particular foods due to allergy or intolerance.
  • Around 8% of people in Tasmania avoided particular foods for cultural, religious or ethical reasons.
See Tasmania Table 6.1 for more information.

FOOD SECURITY

Around 5.8% of people were living in a household in Tasmania that, in the previous 12 months, had run out of food and had not been able to afford to buy more and 2.4% went without food when they couldn’t afford to buy any more. See Tasmania Table 7.1 for more information.

FURTHER INFORMATION

See Further information for definitions and more detailed explanations relating to this analysis.

ENDNOTE:
1. The proportion of persons meeting the recommended intakes for fruit and vegetables were sourced from the Australian Health Survey 2011-13 ( 2011-12 Core component).