Tools to assess dietary intake

Do you want to measure the intake of a specific nutrient, food or food group? Do you want to assess a complete dietary pattern? The division of Human Nutrition and Health of WUR has developed several tools to help you with this.

Dietary assessment is inherently difficult. Solid methodology is needed to get good quality data. Unfortunately, there is no dietary assessment method that is suitable for all purposes and all populations. For example, assessment of the intake of a specific nutrient during a clinical intervention requires a different methodology than measuring habitual intake of certain foods in a healthy population.

On this webpage you can find information to help you to choose the optimal dietary assessment tool for your research purpose. Better understanding the principles underlying each dietary assessment tool, including its advantages and disadvantages, will help you to make the optimal choice for your research question and population. Furthermore, factors that should also be taken into account are the available dietetics expertise in your research team, and other factors, such as planning and financial resources.

All tools available at the division of Human Nutrition and Health are based on  self-reporting, such as food records, 24 hour dietary recalls, and food frequency questionnaires.

Before you fill in a request form to use our tools, we encourage you to read:

  • the checklist for choosing the best method
  • the pros and cons of dietary assessment methods in general
  • the background information on our tools (see below)
  • the conditions for using our tools.

The available tools are:

  • Compl-eat – including a web-based tool for 24-hour dietary recalls to be filled out by the participant or by an interviewer, data entry of food records, and nutrient calculation software
  • Eetscore – short food frequency questionnaire to assess the diet quality according to the current Dutch Foodbased Dietary Guidelines and give targeted dietary advice to the participant
  • FFQ tool – web-based tool to generate, apply and process specific FFQs for your research needs