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Title: Relative validation of a food frequency questionnaire to estimate food intake in an adult population
Authors : Steinemann, Nina
Grize, Leticia
Ziesemer, Katrin
Kauf, Peter
Probst-Hensch, Nicole
Brombach, Christine
Published in : Food & Nutrition Research
Volume(Issue) : 61
Issue : 1305193
Pages : 1305193
Publisher / Ed. Institution : Taylor & Francis
Issue Date: 2017
License (according to publishing contract) : CC BY 4.0: Namensnennung 4.0 International
Type of review: Peer review (Publication)
Language : English
Subjects : Food frequency questionnaire; Dietary assessment; Epidemiological studies; Food group intake; Nutrient intake; Validation study; Weighed food record
Subject (DDC) : 000: Generalities and science
613.2: Dietetics
Abstract: Background: Scientifically valid descriptions of dietary intake at population level are crucial for investigating diet effects on health and disease. Food frequency questionnaires (FFQs) are the most common dietary tools used in large epidemiological studies. Objective: To examine the relative validity of a newly developed FFQ to be used as dietary assessment tool in epidemiological studies. Design: Validity was evaluated by comparing the FFQ and a 4-day weighed food record (4-d FR) at nutrient and food group levels, Spearman's correlations, Bland-Altman analysis and Wilcoxon rank sum tests were used. Fifty-six participants completed a paper format FFQ and a 4-d FR within 4 weeks. Results: Corrected correlations between the two instruments ranged from 0.27 (carbohydrates) to 0.55 (protein), and at food group level from 0.09 (soup) to 0.92 (alcohol). Nine out of 25 food groups showed correlations > 0.5, indicating moderate validity. More than half the food groups were overestimated in the FFQ, especially vegetables (82.8%) and fruits (56.3%). Water, tea and coffee were underestimated (-14.0%). Conclusions: The FFQ showed moderate relative validity for protein and the food groups fruits, egg, meat, sausage, nuts, salty snacks and beverages. This study supports the use of the FFQ as an acceptable tool for assessing nutrition as a health determinant in large epidemiological studies.
Departement: Life Sciences und Facility Management
Organisational Unit: Institute of Food and Beverage Innovation (ILGI)
Publication type: Article in scientific Journal
DOI : 10.1080/16546628.2017.1305193
ISSN: 1654-6628
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