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Many women don't eat enough fruit and vegetables

IT IS no longer just kids being told to eat their vegetables, with Queensland women also put in the naughty corner for not eating enough of the right foods.

The Heart Foundation surveyed 810 women aged from 45 to 65 about their habits and found more than half were due for a heart check, and most were not meeting the "two and five" serves of fruit and vegetables to keep healthy.

Queensland has the second highest rate of death from coronary heart disease after Tasmania.

Health director Rachelle Foreman said for those women over 45, this created a higher risk of heart disease.

Ms Foreman said while she was not surprised by lacklustre eating habits, she was disappointed.

On a national basis, she said, just 5.5% of Australian adults managed to have the proper amount of fruit and vegetables.

So is it too hard to eat that many vegetables?

"It tells us that people find it hard," Ms Foreman said.

"You really need to have a serve of vegetables in your main meals and for some of your snacks.

"People are finding it hard because they're not having (vegetables) for breakfast."

The key, she said, was for people to find creative ways to include more vegetables in their meals through recipes or by seeking out frozen or tinned vegetables, as long as they were not kept largely natural.

"It's really raising that awareness around vegetables and trying to highlight ways people can incorporate an extra serve," Ms Foreman said.

"We have to double the amount of vegetables."

The Heart Foundation is currently running the "Go Red For Women" campaign to highlight the dangers of heart disease for women.

Topics:  fruit and vegetables health heart disease women's health



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