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Dataset | 11 February 2021

Cholesterol intake across the EU and Norway

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Dietary Fats

Overview of cholesterol intake across the EU and Norway

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

Cholesterol intake (mg/day ± SD)

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

Age groups (years)

Males (E%/day ± SD)

Females (E%/day ± SD)

3-5

143 (133-161) 141 (128-154)
6-9 187 (176-198) 178 (160-182)

10-13

214 (198-222) 187 (174-192)

14-17

231 (214-238) 190 (178-198)

18-39

260 (242-269) 192 (183-203)

40-64

283 (269-304) 193 (182-207)
Germany - NVS IIc 2006-2007 (2x24 h recall)

Age groups (years)

Males (E%/day ± SD)

Females (E%/day ± SD)

14-18

394±6.8 270±5.2

19-24

424±9.8 263±5.4

25-34

419±7.8 285±4.2

35-50

398±4.2 285±2.5

51-64

363±4.3 272±2.9

65-80

330±3.7 252±2.8
Spain - NIBES study 2013 (3d record) ( Ruiz et al. 2016 )

Age groups (years)

Males (E%/day ± SD)

Females (E%/day ± SD)

9-12

347±112 299±102

13-17

368±139 294±128

18-64

347±144 287±122

65-75

320±174 273±128
Greece - EPIC cohort 1994-1999 (FFQ+24 h recall)

Age groups (years)

Males (E%/day ± SD)

Females (E%/day ± SD)

19-64 283±116 228±92
Italy - INRAN-SCAI 2005-2006 (3d food record)

Age groups (years)

Males (E%/day ± SD)

Females (E%/day ± SD)

0-2.9

135±77

3-9.9

286±118

10-17.9

355±153 311±144

18-64.9

331±157 265±125

≥65

302±137 243±106
Hungary - HFSO National Dietary Survey 2009 (3d food record)

Age groups (years)

Males (E%/day ± SD)

Females (E%/day ± SD)

19-30

505±181 332±121

31-60

530±195 357±130

>60

430±180 327±122
Austria - ASNS 2010-2012 (2x24 h recall)

Age groups (years)

Males (E%/day ± SD)

Females (E%/day ± SD)

7-9

259±108 264±107

10-12

278±123 231±106

13-14

277±82 255±93

18-24

388±138 252±99

25-50

322±153 269±165

51-64

348±132 254±124

65-80

272±131 305±182
Finland  - FINDIET d 2012 (48 h recall)

Age groups (years)

Males (E%/day ± SD)

Females (E%/day ± SD)

25-64

296±184 210±120

65-74

242±140 184±102
Sweden - Riksmaten Adults 2010-2011 (4d food record)

Age groups (years)

Males (E%/day ± SD)

Females (E%/day ± SD)

18-30

314±172 245±121

31-44

319±139 257±113

45-64

322±141 274±129

65-80

321±138 269±123
Norway - Norkost 3 2010-2011 (2x24h recall)

Age groups (years)

Males (E%/day ± SD)

Females (E%/day ± SD)

18-29

441±283 254±185

30-39

404±229 270±138

40-49

362±179 315±183

50-59

413±229 328±166

60-70

382±199 318±179

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 Mean ± standard error

d Based on energy values including dietary fibre