“You are what you eat” is a popular saying... and it is true. Besides putting people at risk of major health issues such as diabetes or heart disease, being obese is also linked to depression, low self-esteem and low social confidence (Tiffin et al, 2011). Research has also found that the behavioural risk factor most consistently associated with poor mental health was low fruit and vegetable consumption (Stranges et al., 2014).
What are the recommended servings?
For adults, the government recommends the following average daily number of serves from each of the five food groups*.
* INCLUDES AN ALLOWANCE FOR UNSATURATED SPREADS OR OILS, NUTS OR SEEDS (4 SERVES [28-40G] PER DAY FOR MEN LESS THAN 70 YEARS OF AGE; 2 SERVES [14-20G] PER DAY FOR WOMEN AND OLDER MEN.)
These guidelines are meant as general information only. For dietary guidelines specific to your circumstances, please consult your doctor or pharmacist.
Further information may also be found on the Department of Health website at http://www.eatforhealth.gov.au.