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Nutritional profile of foods offered and consumed in a Belgian university canteen.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  18416870     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the nutritional profile of a lunch offered and consumed in a university canteen in Belgium. DESIGN: The qualitative and quantitative content of 4,365 meals theoretically available and 330 meals consumed was recorded during five weekdays spread over three weeks. Meal combinations were evaluated using a scoring system based on recommendations for Na content, energy from fat, and fruit and vegetable portions. SETTING: University canteen in Belgium. RESULTS: Only a 5 % of the meal combinations available and consumed complied with the three basic dietary recommendations for a hot lunch. The nutritional profile of the meals consumed was in line with that of the meals available. CONCLUSIONS: Our results show how the nutritional profile of what is eaten is largely determined by what is offered. To ensure overall compliance with dietary recommendations, considerable changes on the supply side, i.e. an increase in fruit and vegetable portions and a reduction in salt and fat of the lunch, are needed first in our setting. Our assessment provides baseline data to pilot a nutrient profiling intervention and shows how a nutrient profiling system can be used for meal evaluation purposes.
Carl K Lachat; Lieven F Huybregts; Dominique A Roberfroid; John Van Camp; Anne-Marie E Remaut-De Winter; Petra Debruyne; Patrick W Kolsteren
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2008-04-17
Journal Detail:
Title:  Public health nutrition     Volume:  12     ISSN:  1368-9800     ISO Abbreviation:  Public Health Nutr     Publication Date:  2009 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-12-17     Completed Date:  2009-02-13     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9808463     Medline TA:  Public Health Nutr     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  122-8     Citation Subset:  IM    
Nutrition and Child Health Unit, Department of Public Health, Prince Leopold Institute of Tropical Medicine, Nationalestraat 155, B-2000 Antwerp, Belgium.
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MeSH Terms
Diet* / standards
Dietary Carbohydrates / analysis
Dietary Fats / analysis
Dietary Proteins / analysis
Energy Intake
Food Analysis*
Middle Aged
Nutrition Policy
Young Adult
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Dietary Carbohydrates; 0/Dietary Fats; 0/Dietary Proteins

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