National Diet and Nutrition Survey (NDNS) Report for Northern Ireland

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) in Northern Ireland have published the results of the National Diet and Nutrition Survey (NDNS) Report. The NDNS is a continuous cross- sectional survey, designed to assess the diet, nutrient intake and nutritional status of the general population aged 1.5 years and over living in private households. Results for Years 5 to 9 (combined) (2012/13 – 2016/17) and time trend and income analysis Years 1 to 9 (2008/09 – 2016/17) were examined. The Northern Ireland boost is co-funded by the Northern Ireland Steering Group which comprises three funding partners: the Department of Health (DoH), safefood (Food Safety Promotion Board) and FSA in NI.

The key findings from the survey are:

  • Consumption of 5-a-day fruit and vegetable portions was below the recommendation in all age / sex groups
  • Intakes of free sugars exceeded the recommendation of no more than 5% of total energy from free sugars in all age / sex groups
  • Average daily consumption of red and processed meat for men aged 19 to 64 years exceeded the current maximum recommendation for adults by 19g
  • For all age / sex groups, average intakes of saturated fatty acids exceeded the current recommendation of no more than 11% of food energy providing 12.7-13.3% of food energy for children aged 4 years upwards and 13.3-14.0% for adults
  • Average consumption of oily fish was equivalent to 7-15g per week in children and 30-60g per week in adults, well below the recommended 1 portion (140g) per week
  • For AOAC fibre, average intakes were 9.9g for children aged 1.5 to 3 years, 12.9g for those aged 4 to 10 years and 14.6g for children aged 11 to 18 years. Intakes of AOAC fibre were 17.3-17.6g for adults. Overall, 94-98% of the population were not meeting the recommendations

For more information on healthy eating, check out the Food Pyramid and Eatwell Guide.

Posted: 09/04/2019 15:37:23 by Deirdre Brennan
Filed under: Diet, Dietary fibre, Fruit, Nutrient intake, Sugar intake, Vegetables


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