4364.0.55.007 - Australian Health Survey: Nutrition First Results - Foods and Nutrients, 2011-12  
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Food and beverages reported by respondents in the National Nutrition and Physical Activity Survey (NNPAS) were collected and coded at a detailed level, but for output purposes are categorised within a food classification with major, sub-major, and minor group levels. At the broadest level (the Major group) there are 24 groups. These groups were designed to categorise foods that share a major component or common feature. Because many foods are in fact mixtures of different ingredients, the food groups will not exclusively contain the main food of that group. For example, a beef and vegetable casserole will belong within the major group of Meat, poultry and game products and dishes, yet will contain vegetables and sauce or gravy.

Cereal-based products and dishes is a particular example of a Major group where there may be a significant proportion of other (non-cereal) ingredients in the foods. While the common feature of this food group is cereal, the foods belonging to this group are very diverse and includes biscuits, cakes, pastries, mixed pasta or rice dishes, burgers, pizza and tacos. The Cereal-based products and dishes should not be confused with Cereal and cereal products which contains more basic foods such as bread, plain rice, plain pasta, breakfast cereals, oats and other grains.

For more information see Appendix 1: Example foods in Major food groups and the Nutrition section of the AHS Users' Guide.

In 2011-12, Australians aged 2 years and over consumed an estimated average of 3.1 kilograms of foods and beverages per day, made up from a wide variety of foods across the major food groups. In the day before interview, a majority of respondents in the AHS reported consuming Cereals and cereal products (90%), Milk products and dishes (85%), Vegetable products and dishes (75%), Cereal-based products and dishes (72%), Meat, poultry and game products and dishes (69%) and Fruit products and dishes (60%). In addition, 87% of people reported drinking plain water (including municipal and bottled water) see Table 4.1.

Graph Image for Persons aged 2 years and over - Consumption from selected major food groups(a), 2011-12

Footnote(s): (a) Most commonly consumed major food groups on the day prior to interview. See Appendix 1 for examples of foods in major food groups.

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

Statistics presented in this publication on foods consumed include:
  • the proportion of a population consuming food from a food group
  • the average (mean) amount consumed by a population (including non consumers)
  • the median amount consumed by a population (which excludes non consumers).