More needs to be done to improve the intake of fruit and vegetables among people in New South Wales, one charity has identified following results of a recent study.
The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare found that households throughout the state are disposing of considerable amounts of nutritious foods every year.
"We'd encourage the people in NSW to take the opportunity to actively incorporate more vegetables into their diets in order to better protect themselves from heart disease, the leading cause of death in this country," said Tony Thirlwell, chief executive of the Heart Foundation in NSW.
On average, each Australian disposes of around $616 of fruit and vegetables, with high earners being the worst offenders.
Wealthier households across the country dispose of an average of $803 per year compared to $518 for low-income houses.
The charity has recommended a number of recipes to maximise intake of healthy foods, such as by making a nutritious soup using leftover vegetables.
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