Food consumption in Ukraine: People are eating less
The experts estimated that an average person in Ukraine consumed 1,049 kg (2,312 lbs) of food in 2015, which is 5.6% less than in 2014. This applies to all major food groups including vegetables, fruit, grains, and proteins, Finance.ua reports.
- Per capita consumption of fish fell by 22.5%, from 11.1 kg (24.2 lbs) to 8.6 kg (17.6%).
- The amount of eggs consumed decreased by 9.68%, from 310 eggs per person a year to 280.
- In 2015, a regular Ukrainian citizen consumed around 50.9 kg (110 lbs) of meat—5.9% less than in 2014.
- Vegetable consumption, meanwhile, fell by 1,47%: 160 kg (352 lbs).
- The intake of fruit and berries dropped by 2.7% to 50.9 kg (110 lbs).
Per capita daily amount of calories has fallen together with food consumption. The energy supply declined to 2,799 kcal, which is 4.8% less than in 2014.
- Thus, in 2015, the intake of iron, which is necessary for the body’s growth processes and correct work of the immune system, decreased by 6%.
- The consumption of retinol fell by 6.1%. Retinol helps in increasing the body’s immunity to fight infections and ensuring healthy eyes and bone development.
- Ukrainians received less Vitamin B-2 (riboflavin), which is responsible for maintaining healthy blood cells, protecting skin, maintaining a healthy metabolism, etc.
Unfortunately, it means that people in Ukraine receive fewer vitamins and other nutrients that play essential roles in maintaining good health.