Five fruits and vegetables a day. While the public health message is now well known to the population, it is not yet well applied on a daily basis. On Tuesday January 26, the inter-professional fruit and vegetable group Interfel announced that only a third of the Frencheat five fruits and vegetables a day.
“A third of adults respect the national health nutrition program” of 2001, which recommends consuming “at least five fruits and vegetables per day”, that is to say between 400 and 500 grams daily, indicated Laurent Grandin, president of the French interprofession of the fruits and vegetables, Interfel, in front of the press.
323 grams of fresh fruits and vegetables
Good news between 2010 and 2020, consumption per day and per adult has “increased significantly”. It comes to around 323 grams of fresh fruit and vegetables, and 365 grams if we add the preserves according to Credoc. Figures below the European average. To encourage disadvantaged populations to eat fruits and vegetables, the inter-profession supports the proposal to create a food check to help the most disadvantaged to cope with the current social crisis.
In addition, the interprofessional group reports a “downturn” in consumption of organic fruits and vegetables. In question ? Certainly the prices and the current economic crisis. “At the end of the year, in the third quarter, we had a drop of 1% in the consumption of organic fruits and vegetables, a slowdown undoubtedly due to the crisis which constitutes a” warning “, declared Laurent Grandin, president of the Interfel interprofessional organization during a press conference. Before adding: “Nobody knows at what level the consumption of organic will be fixed, which until now was rather carried by historical and CSP +.”
Despite everything, professionals report an increase in organic consumption over the year. Indeed, the organic fruits and vegetables represent around 10% of the total fruit and vegetables consumed in France over the year. The increase in consumption is estimated at around 5% for the year 2020 by Interfel, compared to a steady growth of +7 to + 8% in previous years.
“We alert the public authorities so that they see to what extent there is an adequacy between the factors encouraging development and consumption, and that they help us to regulate this situation. We believe that there is a form suspension linked to a economic crisis to come, around consumption in general and the consumption of organic products in particular insofar as when consumers have to make trade-offs, they also look at their spending capacities “.