EU: Fresh produce consumption growing, but still insufficient

Consumption of fruit and vegetables in the EU countries is growing, but it is still insufficient, if we look at the recommendations from the World Health Organization (WHO).

According to data from Freshfel, in 2013, the EU's fruit and vegetable consumption per capita stood at 341.28 grams; i.e., 5.6 percent more than in 2012 years, but still approximately 2 percent below the average for the period between 2008 and 2012.

It is worth noting that the WHO recommends a daily intake of fruits and vegetables of at least 400 grams per person. In 2013, only six EU countries reported to have reached this figure. The EU's per capita consumption amounted to 188.6 grams of fruit (over 10 percent more than in 2012) and approximately 153.22 grams of vegetables (about 0.5 percent more than a year earlier).

It should be stressed that, compared to the data from the period between 2008 and 2012, there have been increases in the consumption of bananas (by 5 percent), grapes (by about 3 percent) and onions. Meanwhile, the products losing the most popularity were legumes (with a 14.3 percent fall in consumption) and tomatoes (down by more than 7 percent).

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