Bay tops healthy eating survey

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A new survey has found Bay of Plenty residents eat the widest variety of vegetables with their dinner.

The 5+ A Day survey showed 65 per cent of all New Zealanders have two to three different types of vegetables at dinner, with upper North Island residents topping the variety stakes.

Thirty-six per cent of people from the Bay of Plenty, Waikato and Northland included four or more different types of vegetables on their dinner plate, while 15 per cent enjoyed five or more different types.

Women were more likely to reach for an apple or carrot, with 41 per cent ate five or more servings of fresh produce a day. Only 27 per cent of men did the same.

When a snack attack hits, 78 per cent of Kiwis pick fruit and vegetables to nibble on.

A month-long Challenge will run through the 5+ A Day Facebook page (www.facebook.com/5adayNZ) where people will be able to find recipes and tips on how to add an extra serving to their day.

Visit www.5aday.co.nz for inspiration and details on how to enter the 5+ A Day Challenge.
The results are from a survey of 706 people nationwide, conducted by Nielsen in December.

It forms part of 5+ A Day's ongoing consumer research into the fresh produce industry and the eating habits of New Zealanders when it comes to fruit and vegetables.

- BAY OF PLENTY TIMES

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