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     
1993
NZ Food
NZ People 1999
Portrait of Health
200-2007    
NZ Health Survey
2011-2013
Health Survey
2015/16
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
2008/2009
       Health Survey      
2015/16
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.