People below the age of 35 are consuming only 3.3 servings while the WHO recommends five servings of fruits of vegetables in a day, revealed the Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER) survey.

"It was found that young Indians are more prone towards consuming fast food, which is easily available and, according to them, are tastier than home cooked food," said Arpita Mukherjee, a professor at ICRIER, New Delhi.

The primary survey covered 1,001 respondents from Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Hyderabad and Delhi-NCR. The WHO panel on diet, nutrition and prevention of chronic diseases recommends a daily intake of at least 400 grams (or five daily servings with an average serving size of 80 gm) of fruits and vegetables.

It excluded potatoes, cassava and other starchy tubers to prevent diet-related chronic diseases and micro-nutrient deficiencies. "While the average for all Indian upper and middle class consumers is 3.5 daily servings - which implies that they are falling short of the WHO recommendations, for those below the age of 35, it is further lower at 3.3 servings," the survey findings noted.

Some survey respondents also pointed out that they are aware that daily intake of the five servings of fruits and vegetables reduced the risk of stroke and other diseases.

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