Universal Journal of Public Health Vol. 6(5), pp. 262 - 273
DOI: 10.13189/ujph.2018.060505
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A Comparison of Two Dietary Assessment Methods in a Mediterranean Lebanese Adults Population: A Food Frequency Questionnaire and a Dietary Recall


Maya Tueni 1,*, Afifee Mounayar 1, Ines Birlouez-Aragon 2
1 Department of Biology, Nutrition and Dietetics, Faculty of Sciences II, Lebanese University, Fanar, Lebanon
2 Spectralys Innovation Biocitech, 102 Gaston Roussel Street, 93230 Romainville, France

ABSTRACT

Objective: To compare the results of a food frequency questionnaire (FFQ) of traditional Lebanese dishes with a weekly dietary recall (WDR). Methods: A food list of 56 traditional Lebanese dishes was constructed with color photographs to quantify portion sizes. 566 Lebanese, aged 20–62 years completed a FFQ before a WDR in the same day. Results: The FFQ overestimated the intakes of most food groups (10%) and nutrients (7%) in both sexes. Spearman correlation coefficients ranged from 0.22 for vegetables with meat to 0.95 for cereals, pastries and dairy products in men and from 0.30 for fish to 0.86 for dairy products in women (median: 0.53 for 10 food groups). 10% or less of participants were misclassified in opposite extreme quartiles (except for vegetables with meat in men 14.6% and fish in women 22.7%). Spearman correlation coefficients ranged from 0.66 for retinol to 0.87 for folates in men and from 0.58 for PUFA to 0.69 for energy, fat, folates and potassium in women (median: 0.69 for 21 nutrients). 10% or less of participants were misclassified in opposite extreme quartiles. Conclusions: The FFQ of traditional food intake with a photographic atlas seems a reliable tool for dietary assessment in Mediterranean regions.

KEYWORDS
Food Frequency Questionnaire, Dietary Recall, Development and Evaluation, Dietary Assessment, Traditional Mediterranean Diet, Lebanon

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[1] Maya Tueni , Afifee Mounayar , Ines Birlouez-Aragon , "A Comparison of Two Dietary Assessment Methods in a Mediterranean Lebanese Adults Population: A Food Frequency Questionnaire and a Dietary Recall," Universal Journal of Public Health, Vol. 6, No. 5, pp. 262 - 273, 2018. DOI: 10.13189/ujph.2018.060505.

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Maya Tueni , Afifee Mounayar , Ines Birlouez-Aragon (2018). A Comparison of Two Dietary Assessment Methods in a Mediterranean Lebanese Adults Population: A Food Frequency Questionnaire and a Dietary Recall. Universal Journal of Public Health, 6(5), 262 - 273. DOI: 10.13189/ujph.2018.060505.