Only four out of 10 Koreans eat enough fruit and vegetables supposing the minimum recommended daily intake is a hefty 500 g.
According to 2016 data from the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, only 37.9 percent of Koreans met the recommended intake.
Counterintuitively, women, children and teenagers had an especially low intake. While men ate 40.9 percent or 319.5 g of the recommended amount, women ate only 34.9 percent or 241.8 g. A mere 20.6 percent of children and teens consumed enough fruit and veg.
The older they are, the more healthy produce people eat. Some 55 percent of people in their 60s met the recommendation, followed by those in their 50s (53.5 percent), 40s (43 percent), 30s (34.7 percent) and 20s (23.6 percent).
But over the age of 70, only 33.4 percent consumed the recommended intake again, partly because people in that age group tend to eat less of everything.
"As 500 g of fruits and vegetables is equal to two to three big bowls, it's better to include them in meals than try to eat them at one time," said Prof. Jeon Hyung-ju at Jangan University. "Children and teens tend to dislike vegetables, so it's better to add chopped vegetables in their favorite dishes rather than making separate vegetable dishes."