As well as looking at food intakes in the UK, it’s important to look at trends in other parts of Europe. New data has now been published from the German National Nutrition Survey (NVS II) which measured food intakes in 15,371 subjects aged 14 to 80 years, comparing this with German Nutrition Society (DGE) guidelines.
It was found that German men ate twice as much meat, soft drinks and drank six times more beer than women did. Women, however, tended to eat more vegetables, fruit and drank more herbal/fruit tea. Older subjects ate less meat, fruit juice/nectars, soft drinks and spirits but more fish, vegetables, fruit, and herbal/fruit tea than younger adults and teenagers. People from lower socio-economic groups also ate more meat/meat products and drank more soft drinks and beer.
Overall, these findings show that German males, younger populations and lower socio-economic groups have the most concerning food intake patterns, with a tendency for these to fall short of official dietary guidelines.
For more information, see: Heuera, T et al. (2015) British Journal of Nutrition Vol. 113 Issue. 10, pg 1603-1614.