More people are eating the recommended amount of fruit and vegetables, but they are still only a minority of the population. Eating more fruits and vegetables acts as a booster to our human system.On an average the percentage of men eating fruit and veg at least five times a day increased from 15 per cent to18 per cent between 1993 and 1998 (the latest period for which the stats are available).
Among women, the percentage increase was from 20 per cent to 25 per cent during this time. Older people, white people, college graduates, those taking regular exercise, and non-smokers were more likely to be eating lots of produce. The percentage of obese people eating their five portions declined from 15 per cent to 12 per cent during the five year period - underlining the link between overweight and unhealthy eating. According to association the majority of the population is not getting the benefit of a healthy diet.