Public Health Nutrition

Research paper

FINDIET 2007 Survey: energy and nutrient intakes

Pirjo Pietinena1 c1, Merja Paturia1, Heli Reinivuoa1, Heli Tapanainena1 and Liisa M Valstaa1

a1 National Institute for Health and Welfare, PO Box 30, FI-00270, Helsinki, Finland


Objective The National FINDIET surveys are carried out every 5 years to monitor dietary habits and nutrient intake of the adult Finnish population. The latest survey was carried out in 2007.

Design Cross-sectional population-based study. Dietary assessment was carried out using 48 h recall interviews. A picture book of food portions was used to estimate portion sizes and the national Food Composition Database Fineli® to calculate nutrient intakes.

Setting A representative sample taken in five regions in Finland.

Subjects A total of 730 men and 846 women aged 24–64 years.

Results The percentage contribution of fat to the total energy intake was 33 % in men and 31 % in women. The respective percentages for SFA in men and women were 13 % and 12 %, respectively, and 0·4 % for trans fatty acids in both genders. The average intakes of folate, vitamin D and fibre fell below the recommended levels, whereas the average salt intake was somewhat higher than the recommendations. Women’s diet was higher in protein, dietary fibre and sucrose compared to that of men.

Conclusions According to the FINDIET 2007 Survey, the dietary habits of the adult Finnish population have headed in a positive direction overall. However, although the quality of the fats consumed has continued to improve, and the intake of salt has decreased, they still do not meet the recommended levels of intake. Similarly, the average intakes of folate and vitamin D continue to fall below the recommendations. There is also a need to increase fibre intake and to cut down the intake of sucrose.

(Received July 20 2009)

(Accepted March 15 2010)


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