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Changes in food intake in Australia: Comparing the 1995 and 2011 National Nutrition Survey Results

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Quantifying intake of basic foods is challenging because many of the foods we eat are cooked, processed, combined with other foods in mixed dishes or prepared by others. The CSIRO researchers compared disaggregated data from the 1995 and 2011 national nutrition surveys. Disaggregation means they converted all foods into their primary ingredients/components (for example, ‘unscramble an egg’ according to a standard recipe of eggs and milk). They found generally Australians are not eating in a manner consistent with Dietary Guidelines, but identified some positive changes including: we are consuming more whole fruit; a greater diversity of vegetables; more beans, peas and pulses; a greater proportion of brown and wholegrain cereals; and more nuts and seeds. They also found reductions in refined sugar and fruit juice.

Ridoutt B, Baird D, Bastiaans K et al. Changes in food intake in Australia: Comparing the 1995 and 2011 National Nutrition Survey Results Disaggregated into Basic Foods. Foods 2016; 5: 40. http://www.mdpi.com/2304-8158/5/2/40