Ministry of Health Statistics
General vegetable intake
Statistics from New Zealand Ministry of Health nutrition surveys over the past 20 years
|Per day||LINZ Study
NZ People 1999
|Portrait of Health
|NZ Health Survey
|Males||Eating 3 or more vegetables||57%||62%||56%||59.3%||58.8%|
|Males||Eating 2 or more fruit||27%||34%||50%||54.6%||49.0%|
|Females||Eating 3 or more vegetables||58%||73%||69%||72.2%||66%|
|Females||Eating 2 or more fruit||38%||56%||68%||65.8%||62.3%|
Note: These are based on the standard serving sizes.
In the 2011-13 Health Study less than two thirds of males ate the recommended 3 servings a day of vegetables.
The percentage of females eating the recommended 3 servings per day of vegetables has increased since the 2006/2007 Portrait of Health study and is now almost back to the 1999 levels.
Ministry of Health. (2016). Annual update of key results 2015/16: New Zealand Health Survey. Wellington: Ministry of Health Retrieved from http://www.health.govt.nz/system/files/documents/publications/annual-update-key-results-2015-16-nzhs-dec16.pdf.
Vegetable intake by young people
|Food and Nutrition
Guidelines for healthy
children and young people
| Health Survey
|Boys 2-14 years old||Eating 3 or more vegetables per day||52.3%|
|Boys 2-14 years old||Eating 2 or more fruit per day||73.4%|
|Girls 2-14 years old||Eating 3 or more vegetables per day||48.7%|
|Girls 2-14 years old||Eating 2 or more fruit per day||73.9%|
|Young people 5-24 years old||Eating 3 or more vegetables per day||40%|
|Young people 5-24 years old||Eating 2 or more fruit per day||69%|
|Males 15-18 years old||Eating 3 or more vegetables per day||51%|
|Males 15-18 years old||Eating 2 or more fruit per day||61%|
|Females 15-18 years old||Eating 3 or more vegetables per day||62%|
|Females 15-18 years old
||Eating 2 or more fruit per day||65%|
Young men were the least likely to eat vegetables, with only half the men aged 15-18 years consuming the recommended intake.
Children’s vegetable intake
The MoH 2003 report, NZ Food NZ Children, showed that approximately three out of five children met the recommended number of 3 servings a day of vegetables.
Vegetable intake by ethnic group
After adjusting for age, Pacific and Asian men and women were less likely to eat the recommended 3 servings a day of vegetables compared to men and women in the total population.