What does the Swiss population eat? Insights and relations about our meat, dairy protein and alcohol consumption
Results from the first representative survey in Switzerland, the Swiss National Nutrition Survey menuCH, were recently published and presented at the Swiss Public Health Conference 2020.
Recently, three communications derived from the BLV project, 'What does the Swiss population eat?', a 3-year project of the research team around Janice Sych in collaboration with the Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Prevention Institute of the University Zurich, were published and presented:
- In their paper “No-meat eaters are less likely to be overweight or obese, but take dietary supplements more often” which was published in the Journal 'Public Health Nutrition', the researchers compared different (no-)meat eaters with respect to energy and total protein intake as well as sociodemographic and behavioural characteristics. Women and high-educated individuals were more likely to be no- or low-meat consumers, whereas overweight and obese individuals were more likely to be high-meat eaters.
- Their second publication “Daily and meal-based assessment of dairy and corresponding protein intake in Switzerland” addressed dairy-protein consumption in the Swiss population. Of particular interest to our aging population, the researchers report that 40% of Swiss between 60 and 75 years of age are below the new recommendation for daily protein, which could have important impacts on their health over the longer term.
- ZHAW Master student student Dasom Bae presented the poster “Intake of alcoholic beverages and associations with sociodemographic and lifestyle factors in a representative, national sample of the Swiss population”, at the Swiss Public Health Conference 2020: «From Evidence to Public Health Policy and Practice», which was held online on 2 and 3 September 2020. She showed that more than 25% of the study sample exceeded recommended safe levels of pure alcohol intake. Significant differences in alcoholic beverage consumption were found between sex, age, and language regions: in the German-speaking regions a higher consumption of beer was observed compared to the French-speaking regions, while the opposite was true for wine.
Steinbach L, Rohrmann S, Kaelin I, Krieger JP, Pestoni G, Herter-Aeberli I, Faeh D, Sych J.
No-meat eaters are less likely to be overweight or obese, but take dietary supplements more often: results from the Swiss National Nutrition survey menuCH. Public Health Nutr. 2020 Sep 7:1-10. https://doi.org/10.1017/S1368980020003079
Inanir, D., Kaelin, I., Pestoni, G., Faeh D., Mueller N., Rohrmann S., Sych J.
Daily and meal-based assessment of dairy and corresponding protein intake in Switzerland: results from the National Nutrition Survey menuCH. Eur J Nutr (2020). https://doi.org/10.1007/s00394-020-02399-7