Action needed to better understand Australian diets

Nutrition science offers huge untapped potential to boost the health and wealth of the nation. But what does the typical Australian diet look like? How can it be improved – from paddock to plate – to target health and wellbeing for all Australians, at all ages? And how can consumers make sense of the blizzard of unreliable and conflicting nutrition advice?

These and other major questions are addressed in Nourishing Australia: a decadal plan for the science of nutrition, developed by the Australian Academy of Science.

The 10-year plan, launched today at Parliament House by the Minister for Agriculture, Senator Bridget McKenzie, outlines four essential areas where the science of nutrition will contribute to enhancing the health of Australians;

  1. social factors that determine dietary choices;
  2. nutrition mechanisms underpinning healthy and productive lives;
  3. precision and personalised nutrition that account for differences between people and;
  4. education and research training to ensure that Australians are empowered to make knowledgeable dietary choices.
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