The Austrian Nutrition Report
The Austrian Nutrition Report
For today’s blog post, we examined the “Austrian Nutrition Report” and took a look at the consumption of grain in Austria.
The Austrian nutrition report provides information about the nutritional situation in Austria. The data collection takes place every five years since 1998. The most recent nutritional report is from 2017. It is the Department of Nutritional Sciences of the University of Vienna, which is commissioned by the Federal Ministry of Health and Women to coordinate the nutrition report.
The focus of the nutrition report is on men and women in Austria aged 18 to 64 years. Because participation is voluntary, considering the number of subjects, one could question the validity of the Austrian nutrition report. In 2017, a total of 2,129 people were examined. The imbalance of men (782) and women (1347) led to a certain bias in the sample. But this was corrected by Statistics Austria.
In the Austrian nutrition report, the consumption of different food groups (such as fruits / vegetables, dairy products, grains, etc.) is shown as well as the results of blood tests of the participants (vitamins, minerals, etc.).
Now let’s take a look at the Austria nutrition report:
“For the food group of carbohydrate and fiber providers, grains and potatoes, four servings of cereals, bread, pasta, rice or potatoes are recommended daily. A portion of these foods are 50 to 70 g of bread or wholemeal bread, pastries about 50 to 70 g, cereals 50 to 60 g and potatoes about 200 to 250 g. For cooked pasta, 200 to 250 g and for cooked rice or grain, 150 to 180 g. Women consume between 36 and 45 g of potatoes a day, men between 57 and 73 g, which is about one quarter of a serving.
Significantly more is consumed by both sexes on cereal products and grains: here the quantities are between 245 and 301 g for men and between 177 and 201 g for women. In total, this is about three servings.”
It can therefore be said that three instead of four portions of the recommended amount of grain and potatoes are consumed, the cereal (product) consumption is higher than the one of the potatoes.
What about the whole grain?
Everyone who follows our blog posts knows that wholemeal products play a significant role for us. The fact that products from the whole grain contain a lot of fiber, vitamins, minerals, etc., and thus in comparison to white flour products have health-promoting effects on the body, is not only important to us, but should generally be well known.
This raises the following questions: To what extent is the Austrian nutrition report differentiating between wholemeal and non-wholemeal products in the consumption of grain products? Can all cereal products be lumped together? In what context would a distinction be important or even necessary?
We do not want to rate or even devalue the Austrian nutrition report here, just question it a bit.
We wish you a nice day!
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