Energy, saturated fat and fibre intakes among Dutch children and breakfast and implications for educational messages

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review


The aim of this study was to assess energy, saturated fat and fibre breakfast among Dutch youngsters aged 10-19 years and the extent to meet nutritional value recommendations and the educational messages on intake by the Netherlands Nutrition Centre (NNC). A cross-sectional used and data were collected through an online questionnaire among 2380 attending 71 Dutch schools for primary and secondary education. Energy breakfast was, on average, 15.8% of daily recommended energy intake; saturated fat intake was 7.5 en% and mean fibre intake 1.0 g per 100 participants, 67.2% met the saturated fat intake recommendation and fibre intake recommendation. In addition, 25.5% were assessed to have an energy intake based on daily recommended, but not individually measured, gender-specific energy intake. Most participants consumed products from grains food group, in combination with products from one or two other groups. Consumption from two or more food groups resulted in less intake. Our study found generally inadequate fibre intake at breakfast an indication of inadequate energy intake at breakfast among Dutch The educational message of the NNC to consume at least (wholemeal) bread another fibre-rich product (cereals) at breakfast seems realistic in compliance and favourable in terms of the resulting nutritional value. educational message to preferably eat from each of the five main food should be reconsidered.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)219-231
JournalNutrition and Health
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2012

Cite this