Nutrition Research

Find out about the research we do to support the improvement of the Scottish diet.

We provide advice in relation to diet and nutrition, specifically on how we can help people in Scotland have healthier diets. So that we can provide robust evidence based guidance, we undertake research into a variety of topics relating to diet and nutrition.

Our Situation Report on the Scottish diet presents a collation of evidence and infographics around diet and diet-related health in Scotland. The report draws together evidence from FSS publications, and other credible publications to make the case for improving the Scottish diet.

Image shows goalposts with footballs not going into the net. Text reads Scotland has been missing its dietary goals for 17 years

This Situation Report highlights the continued lack of progress towards achieving the Scottish Dietary Goals, set against a backdrop of persistent high levels of overweight and obesity in Scotland. Our poor diet is encouraged by a food and drink environment in which high fat, salt and sugar food is cheap, widely available and heavily promoted. The food environment needs to change to make it easier for consumers to choose a healthier diet, with fewer discretionary foods and more fruit, vegetables and fibre. Everyone, including the food and drink industry, media and government needs to play their part.

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Dietary intake

Monitoring progress towards achieving the Scottish Dietary Goals by looking at dietary intakes. 

Shopping habits

Research into consumer habits when shopping for food.

The out of home environment

Research undertaken to understand the availability, behaviour and attitudes to food eaten outside the home.

Consumer attitudes to food

To improve the Scottish diet, it’s important we understand the attitudes of consumers when it comes to food.

Evidence reviews and modelling

We have commissioned a number of evidence reviews, dietary modelling exercises and briefing papers, building on our role as the primary source of evidence on diet and nutrition in Scotland.

Developing consumer advice

Our advice underpinned by robust evidence on diet and nutrition.

Position statements and consultation responses

Our responses to Scottish Government, UK Government and other announcements relating to diet and nutrition

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Our advice covers everything from getting the right amount of healthy food and cutting down on fat, salt and sugar to hydration and staying active.


Healthy Eating

Eating healthily helps us stay at the right weight and lowers the risk of diet-related illness.