Vol. 54, Suppl. 1, 2009
Issue release date: July 2009
Ann Nutr Metab 2009;54(suppl 1):8–14
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Dietary Fat Intake – A Global Perspective

Elmadfa I. · Kornsteiner M.
Institute of Nutritional Sciences, University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria
email Corresponding Author

 goto top of outline Key Words

  • Docosahexaenoic acid
  • Eicosapentaenoic acid
  • Fat intake
  • Fatty acids
  • Linoleic acid

 goto top of outline Abstract

Background/Aim: The objective of this review was to collect data on the dietary intake of total fat and saturated (SFA), monounsaturated (MUFA) and polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA), especially linoleic (LA), α-linolenic (ALA), eicosapentaenoic and docosahexaenoic fatty acids, in adults from various countries and to compare them with current recommendations for fat intake. Methods: Weighted mean intake data were collected from national dietary surveys, large cross-sectional studies and/or studies with focus on health and nutrition. Thereof, only studies with diet recalls, weighing records or food frequency questionnaires were considered. Results: Data from 28 countries were included, representing Africa (3), America (4), Asia (5), Australia/New Zealand (2) and Europe (14). Total fat intake ranged from 11.1 (China, Guangxi Bai Ku Yao and Han populations) to 50.7 (rural dwellers in Nigeria) percentages of total energy (%E). SFA intake varied from 3.1 (China, Guangxi Bai Ku Yao and Han populations) to 25.4%E (rural dwellers in Nigeria). Mean MUFA and PUFA intake ranged from 3.5 (China, Guangxi Bai Ku Yao and Han populations) to 22.3 (Greece), and 3.3 (India) to 11.3%E (Taiwan), respectively. The mean intake of LA and ALA was between 2.7 (India) and 7.2 (Austria), and 0.4 (France) and 1.0%E (Finland). Conclusion: With regard to recommendations for fat intake, no general advice for improvements can be given worldwide. Due to different dietary patterns, only regionally specific recommendations can be made about what would be necessary to modify and improve fat quantity and quality of the diet.

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Ibrahim Elmadfa
Institute of Nutritional Sciences, University of Vienna
Althanstrasse 14/2F
AT–1090 Vienna (Austria)
Tel. +43 1 4277 54901, Fax +43 1 4277 9549, E-Mail ibrahim.elmadfa@univie.ac.at

 goto top of outline Article Information

Published online: July 30, 2009
Number of Print Pages : 7
Number of Figures : 3, Number of Tables : 2, Number of References : 42

 goto top of outline Publication Details

Annals of Nutrition and Metabolism (Journal of Nutrition, Metabolic Diseases and Dietetics)

Vol. 54, No. Suppl. 1, Year 2009 (Cover Date: July 2009)

Journal Editor: Elmadfa I. (Vienna)
ISSN: 0250-6807 (Print), eISSN: 1421-9697 (Online)

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