What’s in a serve? More than half of Queenslanders don’t know

Alarming new data has revealed more than half of all Queenslanders don’t know what makes up one serve of vegetables.

Cancer Council’s Everyday Health Survey found while 74 per cent of Queenslanders know the daily recommended serve of vegetables, most couldn’t identify how large a serve should be.

Cancer Council Queensland spokesperson Katie Clift said the results were concerning. “Having a healthy well-balanced diet with two serves of fruit and five serves of vegetables everyday is vital to reduce the risk of preventable chronic disease,” Ms Clift said.


“Queenslanders need to know how large a serve should be to ensure they’re getting enough nutrients to live their healthiest life possible, and to reduce their risk of cancer.

“One serve of vegetables is about one medium tomato, half a cup of sweet corn or one cup of raw salad vegetables.

Adults need five serves of vegetables daily for optimum health. Many of us need to get creative about ways to include more serves in our everyday diet. The recommended serve of vegetables for children vary based on the child’s age and gender – from two serves a day up to five and a half for boys aged 12-18.

“Getting portion sizes right is imperative – ensure your plate is half filled with vegetables, a quarter with protein and a quarter with wholegrains like brown rice or wholegrain pasta.”

Around 30 per cent of survey respondents said recipes from health organisations were the main source of nutritional information that helped them stay healthy.

“Get creative by sneaking more veggies onto your plate. A quick veggie pizza can help you get a decent serve of colourful mushrooms, capsicums, onion and tomatoes,” Ms Clift said.

“Veggie kebabs are a great idea too! Alternate kebabs with chicken and vegetables before roasting in the oven or cooking lightly on the barbecue.

“Veggie fritters or a hearty salad incorporating delicious ingredients like sweet potato, corn, green beans, cucumber, red onion or ginger are healthy, tasty alternatives.”

Only around nine per cent of Gold Coast adults eat the five recommended serves of vegetables every day.

Cancer Council’s Everyday Health Survey was conducted in February 2016, surveying the diet and lifestyle habits of 840 Queenslanders to improve community health and wellbeing.

More information about Cancer Council Queensland is available at cancerqld.org.au or 13 11 20.