Nutrition Research

We undertake research to understand why people make certain food choices and whether there is progress being made towards improving diet and nutrition in Scotland.

Food Standards Scotland is responsible for monitoring the Scottish diet against the Scottish Dietary Goals, in addition to commissioning research to support dietary policy requirements.

Recently published nutrition research

The Scottish diet: it needs to change. 2018 update

This report updates previous key findings about the state of the Scottish diet, and provides new insights into consumer attitudes towards changing the food environment, and information on calories consumed from alcohol. 

Monitoring retail purchase and price promotions in Scotland (2010-2016)

The report provides information on retail purchase and price promotions in Scotland between 2010 and 2016, using data from Kantar Worldpanel. It provides new insights into sugar purchase and explores price promotions in more depth, including an analysis of cost and data by retailer.

Our most recent work on monitoring progress towards the Scottish Dietary Goals

Food Standards Scotland monitors progress towards the Scottish Dietary Goals using by undertaking secondary analysis of data from the Living Costs and Food Survey. This work is part of a rolling programme to update annual trends in food consumption and nutrient intakes.

The final report provides results up to 2015.

Previous publications include:

Estimation of Food and Nutrient intakes from food purchase data in Scotland 2001 to 2012

Contribution of foods to intakes of energy and selected nutrients using food purchase data in Scotland 2001 to 2012

You can search or browse all of our published nutrition research.

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