New South Wales - Key Facts – Food and Nutrients, 2011-12
How much food was consumed in NSW?
- In New South Wales (NSW), during 2011-12, people aged two years and over consumed an estimated 3.1 kilograms of foods and beverages (including water) per day, made up from a wide variety of foods.
In NSW 6% of people aged two years and over met the recommended usual daily intake of vegetables
and 54% of people met the recommended usual daily intake of fruit
which was similar to the national results.1
Similar proportions consumed the following foods when compared with the national results:
- ‘Cereals and cereal products’ (89% for both groups)
- ‘Cereal based products and dishes’ (72% for both groups)
- ‘Meat, poultry and game products and dishes’ (70% compared with 69%)
- ‘Vegetable products and dishes’ (76% compared with 75%)
People from NSW were more
likely than all Australians to consume:
- Tea (40% compared with 38%)
- ‘Fruit products and dishes’ (63% compared with 60%)
- Citrus fruit (18% compared with 15%)
- Tropical and subtropical fruit (23% compared with 21%)
Children (aged 2-18 years) in NSW were more
likely than all Australian children to consume snack foods (34% compared with 29%).
People from NSW were less
likely to consume ‘Milk products and dishes’ (84% compared with 85%) when compared to all Australians.
For the full list of foods consumed see NSW Table 3.1.
- People in NSW obtained around one-third (34%) of their daily energy from 'discretionary foods'. This was lower than the Australian average (35%).
- Adults (aged 19 years and over) in NSW obtained 33% of daily energy from discretionary foods. The main food groups contributing to the total energy consumed from discretionary foods were ‘cereal based products and dishes’ (8.6%), ‘alcoholic beverages’ (5.7%), and ‘non-alcoholic beverages’ (3.4%).
- Children (aged 2-18 years) in NSW obtained 38% of daily energy from discretionary foods. The main food group contributing to the total energy consumed from discretionary foods was also ‘cereal based products and dishes’ (13.5%) followed by ‘non-alcoholic beverages’ (4.8%) and ‘confectionary’ (3.9%).
For more information see NSW Table 5.1.
ENERGY AND NUTRIENTS
- The average energy intake for people aged 19 years and over from NSW was similar to the national average for both males (9,982kJ compared with 9,954kJ) and females (7,475kJ compared with 7,420kJ). Total energy intake is likely to be an under-estimate due to under-reporting.
- Carbohydrates contributed the largest proportion of total energy for people in NSW (similar to all Australians), supplying 45% on average with the balance of energy coming from fat (31%), protein (18%) and dietary fibre (2%). Alcohol also provided 4% of energy intake for adults in NSW. These are within the Acceptable Macronutrient Distribution Ranges and within the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) recommended alcohol intake.
For more information see Table 1.1 and Table 2.1.
Selected macro and micro nutrients
- Almost two in five men (38%) and one in four women (24%) in NSW consumed alcohol on the day before interview (see NSW Table 3.1 for more information).
- In 2011-12, the average daily consumption of calcium for women aged 19 years and over in NSW was 752mg. This is below the estimated average requirement (which is 840mg for females aged 19-50 years and 1100mg for females aged 51 years and over). See NSW Table 1.1 for more information.
- Males in NSW had an average intake of salt (2,651mg) that exceeded the adult upper level of intake of 2,300mg. See NSW Table 1.1 for more information.
- In 2011-12, 17% of people from NSW aged two years or over reported avoiding particular foods due to allergy or intolerance.
- Around 9% of people in NSW avoided particular foods for cultural, religious or ethical reasons.
See NSW Table 6.1 for more information.
Around 3.3% of people were living in a household in NSW that, in the previous 12 months, had run out of food and had not been able to afford to buy more and 1.1% went without food when they couldn’t afford to buy any more. See NSW Table 7.1 for more information.
See Further information
for definitions and more detailed explanations relating to this analysis.
1. The proportion of persons meeting the recommended intakes for fruit and vegetables were sourced from the Australian Health Survey 2011-13 (2011-12 Core component).