The human body is an incredibly intricate creation, capable of achieving a great many things. But like a finely tuned machine, our choice of fuel can have a big impact on our performance.

Here at Uira, we believe that it’s possible to live a simpler, more healthy lifestyle in tune with the environment through our innovative, vegan supplements. However, as a whole, it appears that Australians are fuelling their bodies with less than desirable foods, according to a new survey.

The Australian diet weighed in the balance  

The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) has recently released the findings of a study involving the data supplied by over 44,000 people regarding their eating habits.

As a nation, Australia scored a less than glowing 61 on the 100-point ranking system, a result which Research Director at CSIRO Professor Manny Noakes describes as getting the equivalent of a ‘C’ grade report card.

“While many people scored highly in categories such as water intake and the variety of foods consumed, there is certainly lots of room for improvement in other areas,” said Professor Noakes.

Junk food should only ever be an occasional treat. Junk food should only ever be an occasional treat.

Throwing our health out the window with junk food 

One of the key findings of the Healthy Diet Score survey was the prevalence of junk food – more so than just the occasional treat. Often high in sugars or saturated fats and low in nutrients, there is no place for such food in the daily intake of the average Australian.

With so many of us leading busy, hectic lives, it’s easy to see where the allure lies with junk food. It’s often high in feel-good salty, sugary flavours and requires little to no preparation – an attractive prospect for when we don’t have the time to whip up a proper meal.

However, Professor Noakes noted that these ‘discretionary foods’ have become mainstream, rather than an indulgence.

“In order to improve your diet quality, people need to cut back on the consumption of junk food, and start to focus on eating smaller portions,” she said.

Getting back on track 

The higher a person’s ranking on the Healthy Diet score, the closer their diet was likely to be to the Australian Dietary Guidelines – which advises avoiding foods high in saturated fats and added sugar or salt as much as possible.

As an alternative, the guidelines propose swapping out those chocolates and fries for an abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables as well as wholegrain products, legumes and ample water.

If you decide to go vegan to combat your unhealthy habits, learn more about how our natural algae biomass powder can help support you with the protein you need.