In 2014-15, among adult Australians aged 18 and over, the average daily fruit intake was 1.7 serves. Average daily fruit intake was slightly higher among females (1.8 serves of fruit) than among males (1.6 serves of fruit).
Average daily fruit intake was similar for the age groups 18-24, 25-34, 35-44, and 45-54 years, with a higher daily fruit intake indicated for females than males in most of these age groups. The average daily fruit intake appeared higher in those aged 55 years and over. For age groups 55-64, 65-74 years, the increase in daily fruit intake occurred especially in females. For those aged 75 years and over, no difference in daily fruit intake was evident between males and females.
Meeting the dietary guidelines
In 2014-15, 49.8% of adult Australians aged 18 or over met the dietary guideline for fruit intake. The proportion of females meeting the guideline (55.4%) was higher than the proportion for males (44.0%). Consistent with their higher daily fruit intake, females were more likely than males to meet the dietary guideline in most age groups under 85 years.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples
In 2012-13, 42.8% of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people met the dietary guideline for fruit intake, and proportions were similar for males (41.3%) and females (44.3%). Proportions meeting the dietary guideline for fruit intake were lower among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living in non-remote areas (41.1%) than in remote areas (48.9%).
Remoteness and socioeconomic disadvantage
In 2014-15, proportions of persons meeting the dietary guideline for fruit intake were similar for Major Cities (50.0%), Inner Regional (49.4%) and Outer Regional (50.3%) Australia, with higher proportions of females than males meeting the guideline in Major Cities and Inner Regional Australia. People living in Remote areas were less likely to meet the guideline for fruit intake (39.6%), again with a higher proportion of females (52.0%) than males (28.1%) meeting this guideline. The higher proportion for females meeting the guideline applied across all socioeconomic groups, with a tendency for lower proportions of persons meeting the guideline among the more disadvantaged groups than the least disadvantaged groups.
Not meeting the dietary guidelines
Age-standardised data, which accounted for differences in age structure between the Indigenous and non-Indigenous populations, are available for proportions of persons not meeting dietary guidelines for daily fruit intake. Higher proportions of Indigenous Australians (57.0%) than non-Indigenous Australians (51.7%) were found not to meet these guidelines in 2011-13.
Comparable international data are not available for daily fruit intake. In 2015 the OECD reported that Australian males and females aged 15 years and over had the highest proportions reporting daily fruit consumption among 29 nations of the OECD.6 However, caution is advised when interpreting these findings due to differences in survey methodologies.