In order to maintain health and wellbeing, the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Australian Dietary Guidelines provide minimum recommended daily serves of fruit and vegetables that the population should consume to minimise the risk of diet-related chronic diseases.1 The 2015 Australian Burden of Disease Study indicated that dietary risks contributed 4.2% of the disease burden for cancer.2 The 2011 Australian Burden of Disease Study indicated that a diet low in fruit contributed 2.6% of the disease burden for cancer, and a diet low in vegetables contributed about 0.5% of this burden.3
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In 2017-18, just over 1 in 2 adult Australians (51.3%) met the dietary guideline for daily fruit intake.
In 2017-18, 55.8% of females met the dietary guideline for daily fruit intake compared to 46.6% of males.
In 2018-19, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people were less likely than the broader Australian community to meet the dietary guideline for daily fruit intake (39.2% compared to 51.1%).