The objective of this study was to examine food group intakes (total population and consumers only) of adults aged 18–64 years (n 1274) in Ireland. Analysis was based on the National Adult Nutrition Survey (NANS), which was carried out to establish a database of habitual food and beverage consumption in a representative sample of adults in Ireland. A 4-d semi-weighed food record was used to collect food and beverage intakes.
Potatoes, breads, meat and dairy products are staple foods in the diets of adults in Ireland, consumed by almost the whole population group. Breakfast cereals are also widely consumed in the population. Intakes of white and brown/wholemeal breads are similar, approximately 2 slices per day in consumers. Although fruit and vegetables were consumed by the majority of the population, there was low compliance (9%) with the WHO recommendation of 400 g/d(1).
The project was funded by the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food under the Food for Health Research Initiative.