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Nutritional profile of foods offered and consumed in a Belgian university canteen

(2009) PUBLIC HEALTH NUTRITION. 12(1). p.122-128
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Objective: To evaluate the nutritional profile of a lunch offered and consumed in a university canteen in Belgium. Design: The qualitative and quantitative content of 4365 meals theoretically available and 330 meals consumed was recorded during five weekdays spread over three weeks. Meal combinations were evaluated using a scoring system based on recommendations for Na content, energy from fat, and fruit and vegetable portions. Setting: University canteen in Belgium. Results: Only a 5 % of the meal combinations available and consumed complied with the three basic dietary recommendations for a hot lunch. The nutritional profile of the meals consumed was in line with that of the meals available. Conclusions: Our results show how the nutritional profile of what is eaten is largely determined by what is offered. To ensure overall compliance with dietary recommendations, considerable changes on the supply side, i.e. an increase in fruit and vegetable portions and a reduction in salt and fat of the lunch, are needed first in our setting. Our assessment provides baseline data to pilot a nutrient profiling intervention and shows how a nutrient profiling system can be used for meal evaluation purposes.
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Canteen lunch, Young adults, Food choice, Catering, Nutrient profiling, ENERGY-INTAKE, PORTION SIZE, ASSOCIATION, CONSUMPTION, OBESITY, WEIGHT, ADULTS, CHILDREN, AMERICA, TRENDS

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Lachat, Carl, Lieven Huybregts, Dominique Roberfroid, John Van Camp, Anne-Marie De Winter, PETRA DEBRUYNE, and Patrick Kolsteren. 2009. “Nutritional Profile of Foods Offered and Consumed in a Belgian University Canteen.” Public Health Nutrition 12 (1): 122–128.
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Lachat, C., Huybregts, L., Roberfroid, D., Van Camp, J., De Winter, A.-M., DEBRUYNE, P., & Kolsteren, P. (2009). Nutritional profile of foods offered and consumed in a Belgian university canteen. PUBLIC HEALTH NUTRITION, 12(1), 122–128.
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Lachat C, Huybregts L, Roberfroid D, Van Camp J, De Winter A-M, DEBRUYNE P, et al. Nutritional profile of foods offered and consumed in a Belgian university canteen. PUBLIC HEALTH NUTRITION. 2009;12(1):122–8.
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Lachat, Carl, Lieven Huybregts, Dominique Roberfroid, et al. “Nutritional Profile of Foods Offered and Consumed in a Belgian University Canteen.” PUBLIC HEALTH NUTRITION 12.1 (2009): 122–128. Print.
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Design: The qualitative and quantitative content of 4365 meals theoretically available and 330 meals consumed was recorded during five weekdays spread over three weeks. Meal combinations were evaluated using a scoring system based on recommendations for Na content, energy from fat, and fruit and vegetable portions.
Setting: University canteen in Belgium.
Results: Only a 5 \% of the meal combinations available and consumed complied with the three basic dietary recommendations for a hot lunch. The nutritional profile of the meals consumed was in line with that of the meals available.
Conclusions: Our results show how the nutritional profile of what is eaten is largely determined by what is offered. To ensure overall compliance with dietary recommendations, considerable changes on the supply side, i.e. an increase in fruit and vegetable portions and a reduction in salt and fat of the lunch, are needed first in our setting. Our assessment provides baseline data to pilot a nutrient profiling intervention and shows how a nutrient profiling system can be used for meal evaluation purposes.},
  author       = {Lachat, Carl and Huybregts, Lieven and Roberfroid, Dominique and Van Camp, John and De Winter, Anne-Marie and Debruyne, Petra and Kolsteren, Patrick},
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  language     = {eng},
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  title        = {Nutritional profile of foods offered and consumed in a Belgian university canteen},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S1368980008002048},
  volume       = {12},
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