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Dietary habits of Swedish university students in nutrition science between 2001 and 2016
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Department of Chemistry and Biomedical Sciences.
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Department of Chemistry and Biomedical Sciences.
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Department of Chemistry and Biomedical Sciences.
Sektionen för Lärande och Miljö, Högskolan Kristianstad. (Mat- och måltidskunskap)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-0002-661X
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2016 (English)In: Abstracts. The 11th NORDIC NUTRITION CONFERENCE NNC2016. “Bridging nutrition sciences for better health in the Nordic countries”, 2016, P470Conference paper, Poster (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

While the Swedish nutrition recommendations have been kept relatively constant in recent years, public attitudes to different diets have been swinging faster. The National food survey (Riksmaten), being performed in Sweden only once per decade, cannot identify any corresponding rapid changes in diets. Hence, our understanding of potential fluctuations is limited. During the last 15 years, nutrition students at the Linnaeus University (formerly University of Kalmar) have reported their food intake in the context of the course Diet, Nutrition and Health 7,5 hp. The result is an extensive data set comprising more than 1100 individuals and over 2500 days of food intake reports, and although not originally intended or designed as a study, it became apparent that these data could be of interest as an indicator for national dietary trends. Food intake was reported (by weighing or estimating the amounts) for two weekdays and one weekend day per student, along with age, length, sex and weight. Food intake was translated to nutrient intake using Dietist Net software (Kost & Näringsdata).  Admittedly, the data set has some validity problems: the students differ from the Riksmaten study groups in mean age and geographical distribution, and all data was collected during March-April. As students in a nutrition course, they can also be expected to be more interested and more knowledgeable in the nutrition subject than the average person. Nevertheless, the results clearly demonstrate a substantial change in nutrient intake from 2006 and onwards, where the energy from carbohydrates decreased from above 50% to below 40%, and where the energy intake from fat increased from about 25% to 36%. Further details, such as the effects on the intake of selected micronutrients, will be presented.

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2016. P470
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Food & Nutrition Research, ISSN 1654-661X ; 60:31961
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Nutrition and Dietetics
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Natural Science, Medicine
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-56303OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-56303DiVA: diva2:957604
Conference
11th Nordic Nutrition Conference, June 20-22, Gothenburg
Available from: 2016-09-02 Created: 2016-09-02 Last updated: 2017-04-18Bibliographically approved

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