People are eating more fruit and vegetables, according to the first comprehensive survey into adult eating habits for 15 years.
But the National Diet and Nutrition Survey still shows that on average people are eating fewer than three portions per day, rather than the recommended five.
The survey, comissioned by the FSA and DoH, showed women aged 50 to 64 had increased their intake from 3 to 3.7 portions per day. However, younger people, aged 19 to 24, are eating no more than in 1987. In the oldest age group, 50 to 64, 24% of men and 22% of women are now eating five or more portions a day.
Meanwhile, the survey also revealed that the consumption of Britain's favourit fruit, the banana, had gone up 300% since 1987.