Canadians eating too much fat, not enough fruits and vegetables

July 12, 2006 in Food Companies, Manufacturing and Trends, Nutrition Topics in the News

Canadians eating too much fat, not enough fruits and vegetables

The most recent survey of Canadians eating habits suggests we are exceeding the upper limit for fat, not eating enough fruits, vegetables and dairy with many of us getting more calories from snacks than breakfast.

The Canadian Community Health Survey asked more than 35,000 people to recall what they had eaten during the 24 hours prior to the survey. The results offer a glimpse into the diet of Canadians.

The survey, conducted by Statistics Canada found the following:

  • One in five Canadians got more than the recommended share of their calories from fat.
  • The majority of Canadians ate fewer than five servings of fruit and vegetables a day. In fact, 7 out of 10 children did not meet the minimum requirement for fruits and vegetables.
  • More than one-third of children aged four to nine did not have the minimum recommended two servings of milk products a day.
  • One-quarter of Canadians reported eating fast-food in the previous 24 hours.
  • Many Canadians got more calories from snacks than they did from breakfast.
  • Nearly 10 percent of those interviewed had not eaten breakfast in the last 24 hours

Health officials could use the findings to set recommendations to help Canadians eat healthier.

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