Fruit and vegetable consumption, 2012

Fruit and vegetables are an important source of vitamins, minerals and fibre. A diet rich in fruit and vegetables may reduce the risk of heart disease and some types of cancer.Note 1

Fruit and vegetable consumption data are based on a survey question that measures the number of times respondents reported that they consumed fruit and vegetables, rather than the actual quantity consumed.

In 2012, 40.6% of Canadians aged 12 and older, roughly 11.3 million people, reported that they consumed fruit and vegetables five or more times per day.  This rate is unchanged from 2011.  Fruit and vegetable consumption peaked in 2009 at 45.6%, and then decreased two years in a row in 2010 and again in 2011, marking the first decline in the rate since 2001.  

From 2001 to 2012, females were more likely than males to consume fruit and vegetables five or more times daily. In 2012, 47.0% (6.6 million) of females consumed fruit and vegetables five or more times daily, compared to 33.9% (4.6 million) of males (Chart 1).

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In 2012, more than 45.5% of females in each age group reported that they ate fruit and vegetables five or more times daily. The rate was higher for females than for males in all age groups, except for those aged 12 to 19.  Young males aged 12 to 19 (43.5%) were more likely to consume fruit and vegetables five or more times a day compared to males in all other age groups (Chart 2).

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The proportion of residents who reported eating fruit and vegetables at least five times daily was lower than the national average (40.6%) in:

  • Newfoundland and Labrador (25.1%)
  • Prince Edward Island (34.6%)
  • Nova Scotia (32.9%)
  • New Brunswick (31.7%)
  • Ontario (39.4%)
  • Manitoba (37.0%)
  • Saskatchewan (37.8%)
  • Alberta (37.6%)
  • Nunavut (28.1%)

The proportion of residents who reported eating fruit and vegetables at least five times daily was higher than the national average only in Quebec (46.8%).  

Residents of British Columbia, Yukon, and Northwest Territories reported rates that were about the same rate as the national average.


End note

  1. Pérez, Claudio E. 2002. “Fruit and vegetable consumption.” Health Reports. Vol. 13, no. 3. March. Statistics Canada Catalogue no. 82-003. p. 23. http://www.statcan.gc.ca/studies-etudes/82-003/archive/2002/6103-eng.pdf (accessed May 10, 2010).

References

Garriguet, Didier. 2007. “Canadians’ eating habits.” Health Reports. Vol. 18, no. 2. May. Statistics Canada Catalogue no. 82-003. p. 17–32. http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/82-003-x/2006004/article/habit/9609-eng.pdf (accessed May 10, 2010).

Pérez, Claudio E. 2002. “Fruit and vegetable consumption.” Health Reports. Vol. 13, no. 3. March. Statistics Canada Catalogue no. 82-003. p. 23–31. http://www.statcan.gc.ca/studies-etudes/82-003/archive/2002/6103-eng.pdf (accessed May 10, 2010).

Data

Additional data from the Canadian Community Health Survey are available from CANSIM table 105–0501.

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