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close this book Food Composition Data: A User's Perspective (1987)
close this folder The uses of food composition data
close this folder Epidemiological uses of food composition data in the European context
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Summary

Summary

Discussions of food tables should not be divorced from dietary intake assessment methods. The users of food-nutrient information, particularly in the field of nutritional epidemiology, need a complete system with which information can be accurately and in standardized form collected, coded, and translated into nutrient composition data. The current state of affairs is such that most individuals working in this field must create their own system. The wide range of previously mentioned possibilities for variation and error practically excludes the possibility of comparing results between studies. International epidemiology suffers from all these problems, in addition to the problems of language, mixed dishes, and different foods. These users, who can potentially contribute greatly through their findings to the public health of nations through elucidation and quantification of the role of dietary behaviour on the etiology of disease, should not be neglected in the general consideration of the users of and need for food composition data.