Public Health Nutrition

Research Paper

The Italian National Food Consumption Survey INRAN-SCAI 2005–06: main results in terms of food consumption

Catherine Leclercqa1 c1, Davide Arcella, Raffaela Piccinellia1, Stefania Settea1, Cinzia Le Donnea1 and Aida Turrini on behalf of the INRAN-SCAI 2005–06 Study Group

a1 INRAN, National Research Institute for Food and Nutrition, Via Ardeatina 546, I-00178 Rome, Italy


Objective The current paper aims to present the main results of the Italian National Food Consumption Survey INRAN-SCAI 2005–06.

Design A cross-sectional study was performed. Households were randomly selected after geographical stratification of the national territory. Food consumption was assessed on three consecutive days through individual estimated dietary records.

Setting Italy.

Subjects The final study sample comprised 3323 subjects (1501 males and 1822 females) aged 0·1 to 97·7 years belonging to 1329 households: fifty-two infants (0–2·9 years), 193 children (3–9·9 years), 247 teenagers (10–17·9 years), 2313 adults (18–64·9 years) and 518 elderly (65 years and above).

Results Participation rate was 33 %. The mean ratio of estimated energy intake to estimated BMR was 1·41 in adults. Indicators of mean and high individual consumption are presented for fifteen large categories and fifty-one subcategories of foods and beverages, in the total population and in consumers, by age and sex categories. The overall consumption of fruit and vegetables was 418 g/d. The consumption of red meat was approximately 700 g/week, expressed as raw weight. Some specific aspects of the Italian food consumption pattern were confirmed: a large contribution from bread, pasta and pizza to cereals, from olive oil to fats and from wine to alcoholic beverages.

Conclusions The database obtained from the survey will be the key reference for Italian food consumption during the coming years and will be utilized for a variety of purposes including the assessment of nutrient intakes and risk analysis.

(Received January 25 2008)

(Accepted December 18 2008)

(Online publication March 12 2009)


c1 Corresponding author: Email


INRAN-SCAI 2005–06 Study Group: Davide Arcella, Noemi Bevilacqua, Marisa Capriotti, Giovina Catasta, Laura D’Addezio, Guglielmo Di Lena, Marika Ferrari, Catherine Leclercq, Cinzia Le Donne, Simona Martines, Lorenza Mistura, Antonella Pettinelli, Raffaela Piccinelli, Romana Roccaldo, Stefania Sette, Fulvia Spadoni, Elisabetta Toti and Aida Turrini.