Thais not eating enough veg and fruit

The diet of the majority of Thai people contains less fruit and vegetables than the minimum level recommended by the World Health Organisation (WHO) to ensure good health, resulting in an increased risk of chronic disease, academics have warned.

A report on investment in public health, part of the 10th National Economic and Social Development Plan (2007-2011), concluded  that at least 75% of Thai people consumed less than 400 grams a day of vegetables and fruit – the minimum WHO recommendation.

The Public Health Ministry’s nationwide examination of people in 2008 and 2009 showed similar results, with the daily diets of  76.2% of people over 15 years old containing less than the recommended portion of 30% vegetables, and for 71.8% of them fruit made up less than the recommended 20%.

Dr Visith Chavasit; Director of the Institute of Nutrition at Mahidol University, said the low consumption of vegetables and fruit in Thailand has resulted in more Thai people getting chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart and cardiac-related diseases and cancer.

He said many medical stuies had found that at least 400g of vegetables and fruit in daily diet would reduce risk to heart disease by 33% and cancer by 50% when compared with those who consumed less than the recommended amount.

He said despite the campaign to promote consumption of vegetables and fruit Thai people are eating less fresh produce because of changes in behaviour,with more people buying ready-to-eat food, resulting in an imbalanced intake.

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Discussion 1 : 16/01/2014 at 05:37 PM
Too much rice,fried in oil and sugar.
Discussion 2 : 16/01/2014 at 05:22 PM
400g daily minimum?....I think most people in the whole world except the Vegetarians eat less than 400g of vegies and fruit perday. Some of my friends have a hamburger for the breakfast, Schnitzel for lunch and cold cuts in the evening. There is hardly any vegies and fruits in all those food.
Discussion 3 : 16/01/2014 at 04:05 PM
Every corner a 7/11 is the culprit.
Discussion 4 : 16/01/2014 at 02:51 PM
I have realized that nearly all the vegetables are cooked here in Thailand. Raw vegetables are better for you. Limit or stop the MSG 'pon choo rot' Thailand!
Discussion 5 : 16/01/2014 at 02:30 PM
That's not true, they dont eat enough meat / milk and this is the reason why they are mostly small.
Discussion 6 : 16/01/2014 at 02:17 PM
Not so many years ago, fruit was cheap and plentiful at local markets. The price of fruit has risen exponentially compared to the inflation rate of other goods. What is behind this phenomenon? Were protective trade barriers removed? Is most Thai fruit now exported to China and other economically powerful countries? I'd really like to know the answer to this question.

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