National Diet and Nutrition Survey: Results from Years 1-4 (combined)

The National Diet and Nutrition Survey (PDF, 400KB) is designed to assess the diet, nutrient intake and nutritional status of the general population aged 1.5 years and over living in private households in the UK. This most recent report combines data collected between 2008 and 2012. It used data collected from over 6,00 three day food diaries.

During this timeframe, within the population, mean saturated fat, non-milk extrinsic sugars (NMES) and salt intakes were above dietary recommendations, and the mean intakes of fruit and vegetables, non-starch polysaccharides (NSP) and oily fish were below recommendations.

Intake of the majority of vitamins were on average adequate, however there was evidence of an increased risk of vitamin D deficiency in all age/sex groups.

For iron both the dietary intake and biochemical status data indicated an increased risk of iron deficiency in girls aged 11 to 18 years and women aged 19 to 64 years. In addition intakes of some minerals (magnesium, potassium and selenium) were below recommended levels in a large proportion of older children and adults.  

Posted: 16/05/2014 11:49:15 by Laura Keaver


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