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Hungarians making healthier food choices

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Hungariansʼ diets are improving as they eat less meat but more fish, and cut back on fatty foods and alcohol, data compiled in a report by the Central Statistics Office (KSH) show. 

Hungarians consumed 55.5 kg of meat per capita in 2013, according to the latest data in the report, down 1.6% from the previous year. Hungarians ate less pork and poultry, the two most popular meats, but fish consumption grew by 5.7% to 3.7 kg. A 10% rise in fish imports covered the greater demand.

Consumption of fat fell 1.5% to 33.1 kg in 2013. Alcohol consumption fell mainly because Hungarians drank less beer, but the demand for spirits also marginally decreased. Hungarians on average drank 64.6 liters of beer and 23.8 liters of wine in 2013. Average fruit and vegetable consumption was 186.5 kg per capita in 2013, up 7.1% from a year earlier. The amount consumed fell, however, from an average 190 kg in 2010, 195 kg in 2005 and 218 kg in 2000, the data show.

Hungarians consumed 5.6% less dairy in 2013 compared to a year earlier and potato consumption was down 5.9%. Fruits and vegetables accounted for 31% of Hungariansʼ diet in 2013. Dairy products made up 24%, flour and rice 13.8% and meat and fish 9.6%. Hungarians consumed on average 651 kg of food in 2013, about the same as in 2013, but down from 638 kg in 2010, 681 kg in 2005 and 702 kg in 2000.

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