Carrot is king of the veggies

CARROT is king, but you need a plate full of different coloured vegetables to reap the rewards of good health.

Recent data released by the Fresh Logic has unveiled Australia’s favourite vegetables.

Filling out the top 10 and dinner plates included potato, tomato, broccoli, lettuce and pumpkin.

At the top of the list were carrots, an excellent source of vitamin A, which maintains the health of specialised tissues such as the retina.

Simply Nutrition Consultant Dieticians owner and accredited practicing dietician Kate Stoker said a variety of vegetables every day was the best way to improve general health.

“Vegetables have also been proven to reduce risk of coronary heart disease, some forms of cancer, constipation and obesity,” Ms Stoker said.

“They can also help reduce blood pressure and cholesterol levels and improve the control of diabetes.”

According to website, on average Queensland adults eat only 2.2 serves of vegetables per day.

The recommended daily intake is five serves.

One serve is 75 grams or half a cup of cooked vegetables, one medium potato, one cup salad vegetables or half a cup of cooked legumes.

“I find a lot of people don’t know how much to eat. We say five serves and they ask what a serve is,” Ms Stoker said.

“A lot of people are busy and aren’t buying the fresh produce like they used to while others can find it expensive.

“I encourage my patients to go to the market to buy fresh and local.

"I also encourage buying frozen varieties which are just as good as fresh variety. It has the same nutrient content.”

Ms Stoker said at least three different coloured vegetables on a dinner plate every night was recommended.

“It’s good to go for a variety of different colours because they promote good health in different ways,” Ms Stoker said.

“Green leafy vegetables are highly recommended.”

According to the latest report by Fresh Logic, for the fourth quarter of 2010, carrots have only just replaced tomatoes as the most popular vegetable.

“Carrots and potatoes were the only vegetables to be purchased by more than 60% of households on a weekly basis, reflecting their market position as staples in the diet of everyday Australians,” Ausveg media spokesman Andrew White said.

Most popular veges:

  1. Carrot
  2. Potato
  3. Tomato
  4. Onion
  5. Broccoli
  6. Mushroom
  7. Lettuce
  8. Capsicum
  9. Pumpkin
  10. Zucchini

Judged on the basis of the proportion of households purchasing them on a weekly basis.

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