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Socioeconomic Factors Are Linked To Lower Daily Consumption Of Fruits And Vegetables

January 10, 2012: 12:00 AM EST
An analysis of data from 94,000 Canadians aged 18 to 69 years has found that many people, especially those with low income or low education, are less likely to eat healthy levels of fruits and vegetables each day. A geographic exception to the finding was people from Quebec, who have a long tradition of farming and eating fruits, vegetables and dairy products. Men, singles, smokers, people in their 40s and households with no children all were less likely to eat fruits. And women tended to snack on fruit and vegetables more frequently (5.4 times a day) than men (4.5 times).
Mesbah Sharaf and Sunday Azagba, "Disparities in the frequency of fruit and vegetable consumption by socio-demographic and lifestyle characteristics in Canada", Nutrition Journal, January 10, 2012, © BioMed Central Ltd
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