Role of Nutrient Intake Surveys and Food Composition Databases

Surveys such as the National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys and the What We Eat in America Survey in the United States, the Dutch National Food Consumption Survey in The Netherlands, and the National Diet and Nutrition Surveys in the United Kingdom serve as the underpinning for tracking changes in consumption and eating behavior of specific vulnerable population groups, such as young children or the elderly, in order to evaluate the potential for targeted intervention programs, either through programs aimed at changing eating behavior (e.g., the 5 A Day Program to enhance fruit and vegetable consumption in the United States) or through fortification of specific foods (e.g., calcium with bread in Canada) or changes in food product formulation (e.g., decreasing trans fat in high-fat


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