Survey: More than a quarter of Romanians do not eat vegetables every day

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More than a quarter of Romanians (27%) do not consume vegetables every day, and 52% consume only one portion per day, while only 21% consume 2-3 portions of vegetables daily at the main meals of the day, according to a Masmi survey commissioned by Nestlé. Only 2 out of 10 Romanians consider that they serve balanced meals most of the time.

Healthy food options are perceived as more expensive by 46% of respondents, which is the most important barrier to healthy eating. Almost as important is the lack of time. 30% of Romanians believe that lack of time prevents them from following a healthy diet.

For example, over half (55%) of study participants say that preparing healthy meals takes longer. 26% of Romanians do not really know, in fact, what constitutes a healthy diet, lacking nutritional education and clear and practical information. According to the survey, only 20% of Romanians say that they do not necessarily like the taste of healthier foods.

It’s no wonder that one out of two Romanians is overweight or obese, and that’s exactly why Nestlé, the largest food and beverage company in the world, has been making efforts for years to educate consumers in the direction of adopting healthier eating habits, through the NutriPortia initiative.

It has a version dedicated exclusively to encouraging the consumption of plant-based foods: vegetables, fruits, legumes, nuts, seeds, and whole grains: VeggiePortion, to have a healthier and more sustainable diet.

The same study also shows us an increasing trend in fruit and vegetable consumption. About a third of Romanians declare that they have increased the frequency of buying fruits and vegetables, either because they are more affordable compared to animal products, or because they want to eat healthier.

It is recommended that you eat at least 5 portions (or 400 g) of fruit and vegetables per day. In general, a serving (for an adult) of fruit or vegetables is 80g, and don’t forget that variety matters too. Try to include a colourful assortment of fruits and vegetables in your daily menu, because each serving provides a wide range of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants essential for our health and well-being.

Finally, ignore all the negative myths about fruits and vegetables. A diet rich in fruits and vegetables is linked to a reduced risk of various diseases. Also, frozen fruits and vegetables can retain more vitamins and minerals and save you money and are an easy way to ensure you always have fruits and vegetables available at home.

A healthy diet, mainly plant-based, also has a lower impact on the environment than meat and other foods of animal origin. Although there is a large difference in the amount of greenhouse gases emitted by different types of food, in general, the production of fruits and vegetables emits less greenhouse gases compared to animal products such as meat beef and dairy, 10-50 times smaller!

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