French people eat less and less fruits and vegetables

The French National Programme for Nutrition and Health (Plan National Nutrition Santé, PNNS) was launched in 2001. One of its aims is to promote the consumption of fruits and vegetables, especially as they bring vitamins and fibres and have positive effects against chronic pathologies. A recent study from the CREDOC – a French research centre for the study and observation of life conditions – show that these recommendations are less and less followed concerning the consumption of fruits and vegetables.

Indeed, today, the youngest generations of French people consume 4 times less fruits and vegetables than their grand-parents. This evolution is explained by the urban ways of life that lead to the consumption of prepared and more practical products, and more often outside home.  The time spent on cooking and eating has also diminished. The low consumption of fruits and vegetables increases faster among qualified people. As a consequence, there are less and less differences according to the social background, but towards generalized bad nutritional habits. Today, only ¼ of the French people reach the target of consuming 5 fruits and vegetables a day.

Given these worrying results, the CREDOC calls for adapted and targeted public policies. By promoting nutritional recommendations validated by the PNNS towards its two target groups, employees and restaurants, the FOOD programme contributes to raise the awareness of the French population on healthy eating.

To know more, please consult the CREDOC’s report.


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