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Dataset | 11 February 2021

Polyunsaturated Fatty Acid intake across the EU, Norway and the United Kingdom

Dietary Fats

Overview of Polyunsaturated Fatty Acid intake across the EU, Norway and the United Kingdom 

Reported intakea is based on publicly available data compiled by Prof. I. Elmadfa and Dr. Alexa Meyer (University of Vienna), except where cited otherwise

Polyunsaturated fatty acid intake (E%/day ± SD)

Belgium - Enquête nationale de consommation alimentaire b 2014-2015 (2x24 h recall, FFQ)

Age groups (years)

Males (E%/day ± SD)

Females (E%/day ± SD)

3-5

5.1 (4.8-5.6) 5.3 (5.0-5.8)

6-9

5.6 (5.4-5.8) 5.7 (5.5-5.9)

10-13

5.8 (5.6-6.0) 6.0 (5.7-6.1)

14-17

6.0 (5.7-6.2) 6.1 (5.8-6.3)

18-39

6.2 (5.9-6.5) 6.4 (6.1-6.6)

40-64

6.4 (6.1-6.7) 6.6 (6.3-6.9)
Denmark - Danskernes kostvaner 2011-2013 (7d food record)

Age groups (years)

Males (E%/day ± SD)

Females (E%/day ± SD)

4-5

5.7±1.2 5.6±0.9

6-9

5.5±0.9 5.5±1.0

10-13

5.3±0.9 5.3±0.8

14-17

5.3±1.1 5.1±1.0

18-24

5.6±1.3 5.5±1.1

25-34

5.5±0.9 5.7±1.0

35-44

5.5±0.9 5.7±1.0

45-54

5.5±1.0 5.7±1.2

55-64

5.5±1.1 5.7±1.2

65-75

5.5±1.1 5.6±1.0
Ireland - NCFS 2003-2004 (7d weighed food record)

Age groups (years)

Males (E%/day ± SD)

Females (E%/day ± SD)

5-8

4.7±1.3 4.9±1.3

9-12

4.8±1.2 5.2±1.4
Ireland -NTFS 2005-2006 (7d semi-weighed food record)

Age groups (years)

Males (E%/day ± SD)

Females (E%/day ± SD)

13-14

5.6±1.6 5.8±1.6

15-17

5.6±1.5 6.0±1.6
Ireland -NSIFCS 1997-1999 (7d food record)

Age groups (years)

Males (E%/day ± SD)

Females (E%/day ± SD)

18-35

6.8±1.9 7.4±2.1

36-50

6.9±2.3 7.5±2.0

51-64

6.4±2.1 6.7±2.3
Spain - NIBES study 2013 (3d record) ( Ruiz et al. 2016 )

Age groups (years)

Males (E%/day ± SD)

Females (E%/day ± SD)

9-12

14.2±5.1 14.0±5.4

13-17

15.4±6.3 13.4±6.2

18-64

14.6±6.5 12.7±5.6

65-75

12.6±7.7 10.3±5.0
Greece - EPIC cohort 1994-1999 (FFQ+24 h recall)

Age groups (years)

Males (E%/day ± SD)

Females (E%/day ± SD)

19-64

6.4±2.6 6.9±2.9
France - INCA 3, ANSES (pdf) 2014-2015 (24h recall)

Age groups (years)

Males (E%/day ± SD)

Females (E%/day ± SD)

0-11m

6.5±1.0

1-3

3.8±0.7

4-6

3.9±1.3

7-10

3.8±1.2

11-17

4.2±1.2 4.1±1.2

18-44

4.3±1.3

45-64

4.5±1.7

65-79

4.2±1.9
Italy - INRAN-SCAI 2005-2006 (3d food record)

Age groups (years)

Males (E%/day ± SD)

Females (E%/day ± SD)

0-2.9

3.9±1.5

3-9.9

4.5±1.0

10-17.9

4.8±1.2 4.9±1.0

18-64.9

4.6±1.2 4.6±1.1

≥65

4.1±1.2 4.0±1.1
Hungary - HFSO National Dietary Survey 2009 (3d food record)

Age groups (years)

Males (E%/day ± SD)

Females (E%/day ± SD)

19-30

9.1±2.0 9.4±2.4

31-60

9.4±2.1 9.6±2.2

>60

9.2±2.1 9.3±2.1
Netherlands - DNFCSc 2007-2010 (2x24 h recall)

Age groups (years)

Males (E%/day ± SD)

Females (E%/day ± SD)

7-8

6.0 6.0

9-13

6.3 6.1

14-18

6.5 6.1

19-30

6.6 6.2

31-50

6.8 6.5

51-69

6.8 6.4
Netherlands - DNFCS  Older adults 2010-2012 (2x24 h recall)

Age groups (years)

Males (E%/day ± SD)

Females (E%/day ± SD)

70-94

6.7 6.4
Austria - ASNS 2010-2012 (2x24 h recall)

Age groups (years)

Males (E%/day ± SD)

Females (E%/day ± SD)

7-9

5.2±1.8 5.6±1.6

10-12

5.8±1.9 5.3±1.8

13-14

6.6±1.9 6.0±2.4

18-24

6.2±1.8 7.2±2.7

25-50

5.9±2.4 6.3±2.7

51-64

5.9±2.7 7.2±3.0

65-80

6.1±3.0 6.6±3.0
Finland  - FINDIETd 2012 (48 h recall)

Age groups (years)

Males (E%/day ± SD)

Females (E%/day ± SD)

25-64

6.2±2.3 6.3±2.4

65-74

6.2±2.2 6.2±2.8
Portugal- IAN-AF survey 2015-2016 (2x24 h recall)

Age groups (years)

Males (E%/day ± SD)

Females (E%/day ± SD)

<10

5.3

10-17

5.6

18-64

5.9

65-84

5.4
Sweden - Riksmaten Adults 2010-2011 (4d food record)

Age groups (years)

Males (E%/day ± SD)

Females (E%/day ± SD)

18-30

5.2±1.9 5.8±2.1

31-44

5.6±2.0 5.6±1.9

45-64

5.4±1.8 5.8±2.0

65-80

5.6±2.2 5.5±1.7
UK - National Diet and Nutrition Survey 2008-2010 (4d food record)

Age groups (years)

Males (E%/day ± SD)

Females (E%/day ± SD)

4-10

5.2 5.2

11-18

5.5 5.7

19-64

5.7 5.9

≥65

5.8 5.7
Norway - Norkost 3 2010-2011 (2x24h recall)

Age groups (years)

Males (E%/day ± SD)

Females (E%/day ± SD)

18-29

5.9±2.1 5.8±2.5

30-39

6.1±2.1 5.9±2.1

40-49

6.6±2.3 6.3±2.4

50-59

6.3±2.1 6.4±2.3

60-70

6.2±2.4 6.4±2.3

a Note that, due to different calculation methods (e.g. inclusion of fibre or alcohol in the total energy intake) among the reported countries, the total fat intake values may not be directly comparable

b Mean (95% CI)

c Median

d Based on energy values including dietary fibre