Public Release: 

New global research reveals significant shortfall in fruit and vegetable consumption

Most adults need to double fruit and vegetable intake to get key health, nutrition benefits

Weber Shandwick Chicago

New research published in the September issue of the British Journal of Nutrition highlights a significant shortfall in fruit and vegetable consumption in people's diets around the world. Commissioned by the Nutrilite Health Institute of Amway and conducted by Exponent, the research finds the majority of adults worldwide would have to at least double their current consumption of fruits and vegetables to meet the World Health Organization's minimum recommendation of five servings (400 grams) per day. Additionally, the vast majority of adults worldwide - 60 to 87% across 13 geographic diet regions - are falling short of this recommendation and missing out on crucial nutrition and health benefits. The gap between the recommended amount of fruits and vegetables and what adults are actually eating also indicates that most adults worldwide are not receiving the quantity or variety of phytonutrients - organic compounds found in fruits and vegetables - potentially needed to support their health and wellness.


For more information, to receive a copy of the embargoed research or to connect with a spokesperson from the Nutrilite Health Institute or Exponent, contact Rachel Jasculca at or 312-988-2046.

Disclaimer: AAAS and EurekAlert! are not responsible for the accuracy of news releases posted to EurekAlert! by contributing institutions or for the use of any information through the EurekAlert system.