· Safe supplements
· Banned supplements
· Nutrition in healing
· Nutrition against disease
· Healthy catering
· Food-based guidelines
· The coral calcium scam
· What do B vitamins do
· The importance of protein
· Natural enzymes
· Nutrients in vegetables
· Nutritional supplements
· Vitamin chart
· Lose weight tips
· Calorie chart
· Low calorie recipes
· Mood disorders
· Hospital mistakes
· Hospital mishaps
· Mishaps in ICUs
· Bedsores from excessive pressure
· Wound treatment

green tea
Herba Green Tea

Liquid vitamins
Liquid vitamins

Home | Nutrition | Supplementation | Dieting | Health | Fitness | Products      

Food consumption in Australia compared with Mediterranean countries (1962-1998)

As part of our study of Mediterranean Diets and their influence in Australia, we have collected consumption data for 15 major commodities from FAO Food Balance Sheets for the years 1962-1998 and calculated the averages all in kg/head/year over this 37 yr period for Spain, France, Italy, Malta, Croatia, Bosnia, Albania, Greece, Cyprus, Turkey, Syria, Lebanon, Israel, Egypt, Libya, Tunisia, Algeria and Morocco.

Countries Potato Rice Wheat Cereals Maize Fruits Vegetables
Mediterranean countries
35.5 4.5 146.5 173 4 81.5 143
Range of 15 Mediterranean countries 15-106 0.7-30 97-188 108-233 0.7-91 25-164 52-232
Australian average 53 4 85 95 5 85 74

The table shows the "median" average consumption of each commodity (ie consumption in the countries with the 9th and 10th highest consumption of the set of 18 Mediterranean countries). The second row shows the range of consumption of each commodity (lowest country's and highest country's consumption of that commodity). The third row shows Australian average consumption figures over 1962-98.
Compared with the Mediterranean countries, Australian consumption was below the bottom country of the range for wheat and cereals. It was within the Mediterranean range, but low for olive oil, vegetables and pulses. It was well within the Mediterranean range for potatoes, rice, maize, fruits, vegetable oils, fish and wine. Australian consumption was high, though still within the Mediterranean range, for animal fat. Australian consumption was at the top end of the range in the Mediterranean countries for milk and above the range for meat. By the end of the 1990s Australia's meat consumption had declined to coincide with the top of the Mediterranean range. Cereal consumption (according to FAO) was still below the Mediterranean range.
Countries Animal fat Vegetable oils Olive oil Fish Meat Milk Pulses Wine
Mediterranean countries
4.5 10 2.15 6 32.5 145.5 6.5 3
Range of 15 Mediterranean countries 1-20 3-18 0-19 1-34 14-103 31-252 2-11 0-90
Australian average 16 11 0.5 17 121 252 3 14

Differences between the Australian food consumption and that of Italy and Greece should not be taken to mean that Australian food habits are not as healthy. The latest "bottom line" health statistics, life expectancy at birth from WHO for 2000 show (mean for males and females combined): Greece 78.0, France 78.1, Italy 78.2 and Australia 78.7 years.

Ann Noah, A. S. Truswell, University of Sydney, Australia

Holidays in Greece in
the Greek islands



· Mediterranean diet
· Evolutionary nutrition
· Past plant production
· Cyprus nutritional habits
· History of almonds
· History of chestnuts
· Malaysian diet
· Hungarian diet
· Mediterranean lifestyle
· Childhood obesity
· Polish diet
· Intake of vegetables
· Influence children
· Back to our nutrition
· Therapeutic diet
· MeDiet industrialization
· Butter replaced olive oil!
· Medi-Rivage intervention
· EPIC-Elderly study
· The SUN study
· Greek grapes
· Wine drinking in Greece
· Argentine wines
· Meat safety
· Reducing blood pressure
· Purified sardine protein
· The Cretan diet
· Greek traditional cheese
· Extra virgin Greek olive oil
· Animal products
· The Greek diet
· Reduced LDL oxidation
· The Calabria forum
· Fruits and vegetables
· Postprandial lipemia
· Wild greens antioxidants
· The Attica Study
· Greek bee honey
· Dietary d-limonene
· Olives as antioxidants
· Algerian diet type
· Mediterranean eating
· Culinary heritage
· Dietary questionnaire
· Obesity in Morocco
· Nutrition in Jordan
· Dyslipidemia
· Moderating oxidation
· German diet
· Cretan sample
· Overweight tendency
· Comparing 7 countries
· Blood pressure
· Mediterranean products
· Modern Greece diet
· Portuguese diet
· Control of hypertension
· Animal welfare risks
· Dry cured hams

border line

Privacy policy - Terms of use - Contact - Site map - Links / Submit
The statements in the A-Nutritional-Supplements.com website represent the opinions of the authors.
They have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.
Copyright 2004-2014 A-Nutritional-Supplements.com