Who are the biggest fruit and vegetable eaters in Europe?

Eating enough fruit and vegetables provides our body with all the nutrients it needs to function. Packed with antioxidants and low in calories, fruits and vegetables are the ideal foods to keep us healthy. Consumed on a daily basis, they would have the ability to prevent many diseases. Thus, health experts recommend, for example, a consumption of around 800 grams of fruit and vegetables per day to reduce the risk of heart attack by 20%, 7 fruits and vegetables per day would reduce the risk of developing a disease by 31%. of the heart and finally, the regular consumption of carotenoids, contained in particular in carrots and grapefruits, would considerably reduce the incidence of cancers of the mouth, pharynx, larynx and lungs. In short, you probably understand why we insist so much on the importance of eating at least 5 fruits and vegetables a day.

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Croatia, big winner

Europeans seem to have understood this well and are consuming more and more vegetables. A behavior that can be explained, because they tend to eat less meat and therefore they compensate with plant products, as explained by a study conducted by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. The study in question also reveals that the European country that consumes the most vegetables per capita is Croatia. With a consumption of 302 kg of vegetables per year and per inhabitant, the Croats would therefore be the best students in this area, followed by Albania, which consumes an average of 298 kg of vegetables per inhabitant and per year, and North Macedonia where annual consumption amounts to 269 kg of vegetables. In Belgium, our consumption of fruit and vegetables is rather similar to countries such as Spain, Portugal or Italy, with an average consumption of 110 kg per inhabitant and per year. If we can congratulate ourselves on consuming ten kilos more fruit and vegetables per year and per inhabitant than our French neighbors, it is clear that we could do better.


The worst students

At the bottom of the scale, we find Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Finland, Iceland, Moldova, the Netherlands, Norway, Slovakia and Sweden, whose annual consumption of fruit and vegetables does not exceed by the 100 kg per inhabitant. Find all the statistics here.

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