What’s in your food and how much is it worth?
A food-related shopping trip in the US this week will not only be packed with delicious food but also a taste of life in the city, according to Australian food experts.
The shopping spree is part of an ongoing push by the US government to encourage consumers to eat healthy and eat less.
It is part a new drive by the federal government to help people with chronic health conditions like obesity and diabetes.
A report released in December found that while Americans are on average eating about three times more than their counterparts in other wealthy nations, they consume less healthy foods than those in other developed countries.
In 2017, the Food and Drug Administration reported that Americans consume an average of 1.7 kg (3.6 lbs) of fresh fruits and vegetables a year, while in China, that number is about 1.4 kg (2.3 lbs).
A diet that includes more fruits and veggies, as well as fewer fast food options and convenience foods like ice cream and chips is expected to lower rates of obesity and chronic diseases, the report said.
Food prices have also risen as the government has cut subsidies for many food items, including fruits and other produce.
But the Food Standards Authority of Australia has cautioned that the government’s move to increase fruits and vegetable prices is not likely to be enough to offset the costs of increased prices for the majority of Australians.
“It will take about $8,000 of additional spending for a person to have a healthy diet that doesn’t involve eating processed food,” it said in a statement.
For the first time in more than a decade, Australians are eating less fresh fruit and vegetables than the Chinese.
At least a quarter of Australians say they consume no more than two servings of fruits and fewer than half of Australians consume fewer than five servings a week, according a survey conducted by the University of NSW.
Australia has one of the highest rates of food waste in the world.
About 60 per cent of the country’s waste is generated by eating, cooking or washing food, according the Food Waste Management Association of Australia.