Over 56% of Delhi-NCR students low on daily vegetable intake: Icrier survey


More than 56 per cent of students in classes 5-12 in the National Capital Region (NCR) consume less vegetable than recommended by health professionals and just 27.2 per cent of them take fruit regularly, a study by the Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (Icrier) shows.

The study, which is on the intake of fruit, and juice by school-going children, and nutritionists and dieticians and sponsored by PepsiCo India Holdings, found the average was more in students of than their peers in (more likely to come from more well-off families).

The study was based on a survey of 98,596 students in classes 5-12 in 90 schools (36 government and 54 private).

According to patterns, published by the National Institute of Nutrition (NIN), Hyderabad, every average individual should consume around 400 gm of vegetables, including 50 gm of green leafy vegetables, daily; 200 gm of roots and 50 gm of tubers, along with 100 gm of fresh fruit. The Icrier study takes these as the benchmark.

The study showed that around 34.5 per cent of the students surveyed preferred fruit for breakfast while 16.3 per cent said they had fruit as part of the evening meal.

When asked about juice intake, around 51 per cent of students said they preferred consuming juice and around 52.7 per cent of students in preferred juice compare to 49.2 per cent in

In the case of nutritionists, dieticians and professionals, the survey found that 44 per cent of the respondents fell short of their daily recommended while 13 per cent did not consume every day and 8.5 per cent of the respondents didn’t eat fruit daily.

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