Research report

Latest estimation of food and nutrient intakes in Scotland

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Summary

The aim of this study was to update annual trends in food consumption and nutrient intakes using the same robust secondary analysis methodology previously developed to convert purchase to consumption. This work is part of a rolling programme to update annual trends in food consumption and nutrient intakes. The purpose of this work was to obtain robust estimates of food consumption and nutrient intakes for 2013 to 2015 and update the report published in May 2015 for 2001 to 2012. Data since 2001 were combined for analysis in 3 year blocks.

Key findings on the change between 2001-2003 and 2013- 2015

  • There was no significant change in intakes of fruit and vegetables, oil rich fish, totals fat and dietary fibre
  • Intakes of red and processed meat decreased
  • There was a reduction in free sugars
  • There was a small reduction  in saturated fat
  • There was a small increase in energy density

The results show the very slow rate of progress towards a diet that will improve and support the health of the Scottish population. Intakes of fruit and vegetables, oil rich fish and dietary fibre remain too low and free sugars, total fats and saturated fats remain too high in relation to the Scottish Dietary Goals.The lack of progress toward most of the goals was apparent even amongst households in the least deprived areas.

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