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Dietary guidelines in the Czech Republic. II.: Nutritional profiles of food groups.
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PMID:  11125974     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Modern dietary guidelines set in terms of food groups are easy to use and understand for target populations, but rather complicated from the point of view of quantification, i.e. the correctly set number of recommended servings in different population groups according to age, sex, physical activity and physiological status on the basis of required intake of energy and individual nutrients. It is the use of abstract comprehensive food groups that makes it impossible to use a simple database of food tables based on the content of nutrients in individual foods, rather than their groups. Using groups requires that their nutritional profiles be established, i.e. that an average content of nutrients and energy for individual groups be calculated. To calculate nutritional profiles for Czech dietary guidelines, the authors used three different methods: (1) Simple profiles, with all commodities with significant representation in the Czech food basket represented in equal amounts. (2) Profiles based on typical servings, with the same commodities as in (1) but in characteristic intake quantities (typical servings). (3) Food basket-based profiles with commodities constituting the Czech food basket in quantities identical for that basket. The results showed significant differences in profiles calculated by different methods. Calculated nutrient intakes were particularly influenced by the size of typical servings and it is therefore essential that a realistic size of servings be used in calculations. The consistent use of recommended food items throughout all food groups and subgroups is very important. The number of servings of foods from the five food groups is not enough if a suitable food item is not chosen within individual groups. On the basis of their findings, the authors fully recommend the use of nutritional profiles based on typical servings that give a realistic idea of the probable energy and nutrient content in the recommended daily intake. In view of regional cultural differences, national nutritional profiles play a vital importance. Population studies investigating the size of the typical servings and the most frequently occurring commodities in the food basket should be made every three years. Nutritional profiles designed in this way constitute an important starting point for setting national dietary guidelines, their implementation and revisions.
Z Brázdová; J Fiala; J Bauerová; D Mullerová
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Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Central European journal of public health     Volume:  8     ISSN:  1210-7778     ISO Abbreviation:  Cent. Eur. J. Public Health     Publication Date:  2000 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2000-12-27     Completed Date:  2001-03-08     Revised Date:  2007-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9417324     Medline TA:  Cent Eur J Public Health     Country:  Czech Republic    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  216-20     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Preventive Medicine, School of Medicine, Masaryk University, Jostova 10, 662 44 Brno, Czech Republic.
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MeSH Terms
Czech Republic
Food Habits*
Guidelines as Topic
Nutrition Policy*
Nutritive Value
Reference Values

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