Women Edge Out Men in Aussie Diet Test
The research put the eating habits of more than 86,000 Aussies under the microscope found the average person scores just 59 out of a possible 100.
Women fared slightly better with an average score of 60, compared to 56 for men.
The girls had better eating habits in every category except breads and cereals.
They also ate significantly more vegetables than men.
But the biggest culprit in our poor diets was discretionary foods, with most of us turning to junk food about three times a day.
Our biggest weaknesses? Alcohol, chocolate and lollies, cakes and biscuits, and sugar-sweetened beverages.
CONSTRUCTION WORKERS TAKE THE CAKE
The stereotypical tradie lunch of a meat pie and hot chips came through in the survey.
It found construction workers eat 76% more discretionary foods than people who work in the health industry.
Along with the unemployed, construction workers had the worst diets in the country, scoring on average just 54/100.
Healthcare workers and retirees took out the title for the best eating habits, scoring an average of 62.
A NATION OF GLUTEN AND LACTOSE AVOIDERS
People saying no to gluten or lactose now outnumber vegetarians.
The report noted a trend in Aussies avoiding food groups, with 12.1% of people avoiding wheat and/or gluten.
About 12% stay away from dairy and/or lactose.
By comparison, 8.6% of us avoid meat and/or animal products.
The highest rates of food avoidance were in young women, with 41% of women aged between 18 and 30 avoiding at least one food group.
HALVE THE BAD, DOUBLE THE GOOD
Despite believing that we eat well, four out of five Australians failed to meet the benchmark score of 70/100.
But the research found the average person could hit 70 by halving discretionary foods and doubling their intake of vegetables.
Choosing low-fat cuts of meat and trimming the fat off meat products will see further improvements.
Another step is to opt for unsaturated spreads and oils.
FIND OUT HOW YOU RATE
Curious to see how your eating habits measure up?
You can put your diet through its paces by taking the CSIRO Healthy Diet Score survey online for yourself.
It’s free and takes about 10 minutes to complete.