The consumption of fruit and vegetable is very low in the European countries. The recommendations (5 and 3 times/day) were reached by less than 16% and 50% of the children, respectively, even in the countries with the highest consumption of fruits and vegetables. Fruit and vegetable consumption was not associated with overweight or obesity in the cross-sectional analysis. The detailed analysis of the 24-h dietary recall (SACINA) will provide further information concerning the association of fruit and vegetable intake with obesity as well as concerning the recommended frequency and quantity of intake.
On the basis of the available measurements, we can only state that plant food consumption should be promoted in Europe since its consumption is low and it is the main contributor to a well-balanced diet.
Among many others, following recent articles from the study show further results on dietary behaviour: