The importance of variety in healthy eating
No single food contains all the nutrients we need to stay healthy. Some foods are higher in nutrients than others and people who have a lot of variety in the foods they eat are more likely to be healthy and to stay healthy. In other words, if you can eat a large variety of vegetables as opposed to only 2-3 types of vegetables, the benefits are much greater. This type of diet also helps you to feel better, think better and perform better during your usual daily activities.
The Quiz has been developed for the general population and is not suitable for those with specific medical or nutritional needs (eg. Coeliac disease, food allergies) or for anyone under the age of 2 years. If you have specific dietary requirements it is recommended you seek the advice of an Accredited Practising Dietitian. http://daa.asn.au/for-the-public/find-an-apd/
Who developed the Healthy Eating Quiz?
The healthy eating quiz currently contains a list of Australian foods however, people from other countries can access the quiz. You need to keep in mind some of the common foods from your country may not be listed. When completing it, take note of the number of similar foods, particularly from the fruit, vegetables and wholegrain groups from your country that you usually eat each week. Your true score is likely to be your Australian Healthy Eating Quiz score plus this number. Feel free to add any common foods from your country into the section at the end which asks for any foods that you often eat that were not listed
The Healthy Eating Quiz was developed by the nutrition and dietetics research team at the School of Health Sciences in the Faculty of Health and Medicine and the Priority Research Centre for Physical Activity and Nutrition at the University of Newcastle.
How will the results be used?
At the University of Newcastle, our nutrition and dietetics research team will use the results to find the healthiest eaters in Australia. Will it be the women, the men, children or adolescents? Come back later this year to find out the results.