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
|NZ Health Survey 2016/17|
|Males||Eating 3 or more vegetables||57%||62%||56%||59.3%||58.8%||57.4%|
|Males||Eating 2 or more fruit||27%||34%||50%||54.6%||49.0%||47.7%|
|Females||Eating 3 or more vegetables||58%||73%||69%||72.2%||66%||65.8%|
|Females||Eating 2 or more fruit||38%||56%||68%||65.8%||62.3%||59.7%|
Note: These are based on the standard serving sizes.
In the 2016-17 survey about 6 in 10 adults (62%) ate at least three servings of vegetables each day, down from 64% in 2006/07.
Women were more likely to eat at least three servings of vegetables per day than men (66% and 57% respectively). However, the percentage of women eating at least three servings of vegetables each day in 2016/17 (66%) is lower than in 2006/07 (70%).
Older adults were more likely to eat three servings of vegetables each day than younger adults. Only 50% of those aged 15–24 years ate at least three servings of vegetables per day, compared with 73% of those aged 65–74 years.
Ministry of Health (2016). Annual update of key results 2016/17: New Zealand Health Survey. Wellington: Ministry of Health retrieved from https://minhealthnz.shinyapps.io/nz-health-survey-2016-17-annual-data-explorer/_w_f333adbe/#!/home
Vegetable intake by young people
|Food and Nutrition
Guidelines for healthy
children and young people
| Health Survey
|Health Survey 2016/17|
|Boys 2-14 years old||Eating 3 or more vegetables per day||52.3%||51.2%|
|Boys 2-14 years old||Eating 2 or more fruit per day||73.4%||70.6%|
|Girls 2-14 years old||Eating 3 or more vegetables per day||48.7%||51.6%|
|Girls 2-14 years old||Eating 2 or more fruit per day||73.9%||74.4%|
|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.