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Ultraprocessed foods and free sugar in Brazilian diet

Grant number: 16/25013-6
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Scientific Initiation
Effective date (Start): April 01, 2017
Effective date (End): March 31, 2018
Field of knowledge:Health Sciences - Nutrition - Nutritional Analysis of Population
Principal researcher:Maria Laura da Costa Louzada
Grantee:Bruno Iobbi
Home Institution: Faculdade de Saúde Pública (FSP). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil
Associated research grant:15/14900-9 - Consumption of ultra-processed foods, dietary nutrient profile diet and obesity in seven countries, AP.TEM


This project aims to study the consumption of ultra-processed foods and its association with the consumption of free sugars in Brazil. This study is part of the thematic project "Consumption of ultra-processed foods, dietary nutrient profile and obesity in seven countries," and will involve the analysis of data from the 2008-2009 Household Budget Survey in particular data on individual food consumption. Data on food consumption were obtained through two 24-hour food records answered by individuals aged 10 years or older (n = 34,003). Foods will be classified into groups according to the characteristics of the industrial processing: (1) natural or minimally processed foods, (2) culinary ingredients, (3) processed foods and (4) ultra-processed foods. The food consumption pattern of the Brazilian population will be described based on the distribution of the total caloric content of the four food groups and their subgroups. The consumption of free sugars and their contribution to the total calories of the diet will be described according to the four groups and subgroups. Lastly, analyses will also be carried out in order to verify the relationship between the consumption of ultra-processed foods and the dietary content of free sugars. (AU)

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