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National Diet and Nutrition Survey (NDNS)
Results from Years 5-6 (combined) of the Rolling Programme (2012/13 – 2013/14)
The NDNS survey is carried out on behalf of Public Health England and the Food Standards Agency and
is a continuous programme of fieldwork designed to assess the diet, nutrient intake and nutritional status of the general population aged 1.5 years and over living in private households in the UK.
Findings of the current report include:
NDNS Yr 5-6 Report
- Only 8% of children aged 11-18y and 27% of adults aged 19-64y met the 5-A-Day recommendation for fruit and vegetable consumption.
- Mean consumption of oily fish in all age groups was well below the recommended one portion per week.
- Consumption of sugars-sweetened soft drinks has reduced in children.
- Mean intakes of saturated fatty acids as a percentage of food energy in Years 5 and 6 (combined) continued to exceed recommendations in all age groups.
- Children aged 4 to 10 years had a significantly lower percentage of food energy from non-milk extrinsic sugars (NMES) in Years 5 and 6 (combined) compared with Years 1 and 2 (combined).
- Mean intakes of non-starch polysaccharides (NSP) were below the recommendation for adults.
- Around a fifth of adults aged 19 to 64 years had low blood levels of vitamin D.
PUBLIC HEALTH TOOL
On 17th March, Public Health England launched the new Eatwell Guide and revised 5 A Day.
The Guide replaces the previous Eatwell Plate and was required due to changes in the official recommendations for free sugars and fibre intakes. The new Eatwell Guide provides information on the proportions of the food groups that help individuals meet official advice and nutrient requirements.
The Eatwell Guide and the revision to the 5 A Day scheme were developed through the use of an External Reference Group, chaired by Dr Lisa Jackson FFAfN (& former AfN Trustee and Accreditation Chair), and included evidence reviews, public consultations and consumer research.
Registered Nutritionists have the knowledge, skills and expertise to support individuals with their healthy eating practices and the application of nutritional messages to needs, likes, dislikes,environments and other factors.
Information is available via the following links:
PHE DATA ON SALT CONSUMPTION LEVELS
Average salt consumption of adults in England down by 0.9g/d in the decade from 2005 to 2014 to 8g/d. Overall salt intake has fallen by 11% since 2005/06.
Public Health England commissioned the latest assessment of the salt content of 24-hour urine collections made from NDNS participants during May to September 2014, with a random sample of 689 adults (19-64y), designed to be representative of adults in England.
The results are used by Government to monitor progress towards the recommended maximum salt intake for adults of no more than 6g/d.
In the press release announcing the results, Dr Alison Tedstone RNutr FAfN, Chief Nutritionist at PHE, said:
“Our analysis makes clear that there is a steady downward trend in salt consumption. While people are having less salt than 10 years ago, we are still eating a third more than we should. The majority of the salt we eat is in everyday foods so it’s important to check labels and choose lower salt options. Many manufacturers and retailers have significantly reduced the salt levels in everyday foods. However, more needs to be done, especially by restaurants, cafes and takeaways.”
NDNS Dietary Sodium Assessment