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1384.6 - Statistics - Tasmania, 2006  
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Contents >> Health >> Nutrition >> Foods consumed >> Mean daily food intake

In 1995, Tasmanian adults had the lowest average intake of fruit products and dishes (119 g per day) of any State. Adults in Tasmania generally reported the lowest mean intake of most foods and beverages; however, they had a higher mean intake of vegetables and vegetable products, particularly potatoes and carrots, than adults in other States.

MEAN DAILY FOOD INTAKE(a) - 1995

Tasmania
Australia
Selected food groups
grams per person per day
grams per person per day

Cereals and cereal products
185
215
Milk and milk products
269
289
Vegetable products and dishes
281
259
Meat, poultry and game products and dishes
150
157
Cereal-based products and dishes
103
127
Fruit products and dishes
119
144
Fish and seafood products and dishes
31
26

(a) Persons aged 19 years and over.
Source: National Nutrition Survey, 1995: Foods Eaten Australia (cat. no. 4804.0).



MEAN DAILY FOOD INTAKE(a) - 1995
Graph: Mean Daily Food Intake - 1995



MEAN DAILY FOOD INTAKE(a) - 1995

Tasmania
Australia
Selected food groups
grams per person per day
grams per person per day

Cereals and cereal products
185
215
Milk and milk products
269
289
Vegetable products and dishes
281
259
Meat, poultry and game products and dishes
150
157
Cereal-based products and dishes
103
127
Fruit products and dishes
119
144
Fish and seafood products and dishes
31
26

(a) Persons aged 19 years and over.
Source: National Nutrition Survey, 1995: Foods Eaten Australia (cat. no. 4804.0).

The results of the 2001 National Health Survey show that Tasmanians consume higher levels of vegetables than the Australian average, with 15.3% of Tasmanians eating 1 serve or less of vegetables per day compared to 22.5% for all Australians. Tasmanians are more likely to consume whole milk (51.7%) compared to the Australian average (48.7%). Tasmanians are also more likely to never or rarely add salt after cooking (58.3%), compared to all Australians (54.9%).

SELECTED DIETARY HABITS - 2001(a)

Usual daily serves of vegetables
Tasmania (%)
Australia (%)
Doesn't eat vegetables/1 serve or less
15.3
22.5
2-3 serves
39.5
47.8
4 or more serves
45.2
29.7
Total
100.0
100.0
Usual type of milk
Whole
51.7
48.7
Low/reduced fat
30.6
29.9
Skim
8.9
12.4
Soy
2.9
3.9
Evaporated or sweetened condensed/None of the above
5.6
5.3
Total(b)
100.0
100.0
Salt added after cooking
Never/rarely
58.3
54.9
Sometimes
18.3
19.5
Usually
23.5
25.5
Total
100.0
100.0

(a) Persons aged 12 years and over.
(b) This total includes type of milk not known.
Source: National Health Survey 2001.



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