Men are worse than toddlers at eating fruit and vegetables, study finds
The average pre-school child eats 12 different types of fruit and vegetable a week, but men only manage sixThe average man only eats 1.2 portions per day48% of women admit to using 'stealth health tactics' to trick their partners into eating more of their five a day
13:40 GMT, 1 April 2013
00:50 GMT, 2 April 2013
British men eat less fruit and vegetables than their toddlers, a survey has revealed.
While pre-school children consume an average of 12 different types of fruit and vegetables each week, the average man only eats half that number.
In fact, the average man only eats a meagre 1.2 portions of fruit and vegetables a day.
British men eat less fruit and vegetables than their toddlers, according to a recent survey
To carry out the research, mothers were asked about the vegetable consumption in their households.
While 85 per cent said they regularly managed to give their children their five a day, most admitted the same could not be said for their partners.
Also, 48 per cent of the women questioned admitted using ‘stealth health tactics’ to trick their partners into eating more fruit and vegetables.
The most popular tactics involved covering vegetables with cheese or cream, hiding them in soup, blending them into smoothies or simply lying about the contents of meals.
The survey, which was carried out for drinks producer SaVse, revealed that also revealed which vegetables men find most objectionable.
The most hated were cabbage, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, aubergine and mushrooms.
Guka Tavberidze, founder of SaVse said: ‘Take chips out of the diet of many men and the reality is that there is too little vegetable content.
‘Eating vegetables is an essential part of a healthy, balanced diet and if men aren’t prepared to tuck in, it’s no surprise that their partners are resorting to stealth techniques.’
48 per cent of the women questioned admitted using 'stealth health tactics' to trick their partners into eating more fruit and vegetables
The research is supported by another recent survey which showed that just 22 per cent of Britons manage to eat their five a day.
The World Cancer Research Fund studied more than 2,000 adults and discovered that only 18 per cent of people living in the north of England managed to eat five portions of fruit and vegetables a day.
By contrast, 26 per cent of people in the south of England managed it.
The research also showed that income played a large part with 17 per cent of people in low-earning households eating five a day compared to 27 per cent of high-earners.