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National Diet and Nutrition Survey (NDNS) NDNS

The Northern Ireland report covers the same topics as the UK NDNS report including food consumption, use of dietary supplements, intakes of energy, macronutrients, vitamins, minerals, salt intake and biochemical measures of nutritional status. We boost the sample size to ensure the data is representative of Northern Ireland. The Northern Ireland survey has been co-funded by three partners - the Food Standards Agency in Northern Ireland, Department of Health and safefood.

Research projects related to the programme

The National Diet and Nutrition Survey (NDNS) estimates food consumption, nutrient intake and nutritional status of the general population aged 18 months upwards living in the UK. Boosted samples were gathered 2008 – 2012 to achieve representative data specific for Northern Ireland (NI).
National Diet and Nutrition Survey (NDNS RP): Results for Years 5 to 9 (2012/13 - 2016/17) (combined) and time trend and income analysis Years 1 to 9 (2008/09 - 2016/17)
This research project addressed the issue of whether high maternal caffeine intake during pregnancy leads to an increased incidence of low birth weight babies.
Results available
This research project examines the impact of artificial food colourings and preservatives on children's behaviour.
Results available
The Vincentian Partnership for Social Justice (VPSJ) developed Minimum Essential Standard of Living (MESL) and Minimum Income Standards (MIS) for a range of household types. Extending this initiative to Northern Ireland will provide data on food costs and socially acceptable food baskets which meet healthy eating guidelines and nutritional needs to provide valuable data relevant to food poverty.
Results available
Key findings from the National Diet and Nutrition Survey (NDNS), measuring salt intake from research conducted in 2015.
Results available