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Trans Fats

Volume 448: debated on Thursday 29 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 18 April 2006, Official Report, column 124W, on trans fats, which national diet and nutrition surveys were referred to in that answer; which of these surveys yielded data on dietary fatty acid profiles according to socio-economic status; and what conclusions she has drawn from these data regarding dietary fatty acid profiles according to socio-economic status. (78949)

My previous reply referred to results from the national diet and nutrition survey (NDNS) of adults aged 19 to 641. This survey did not collect detailed information on socio-economic status, but did identify participants living in households in which someone was in receipt of benefits (benefit households).

When intakes are expressed as a percentage of food energy, there were no significant differences in the fat and fatty acid composition of the diets of men and women from benefit and non-benefit households.

Earlier surveys in the NDNS series covering young people aged four to 182 and older adults aged 65 and over3 also found no differences in the fat and fatty acid composition of diets according to socio-economic status.

Notes:

1 Henderson L, Gregory J, Irving K and Swan G. National Diet and Nutrition Survey: adults aged 19 to 64 years. Volume 2: Energy, protein, carbohydrate, fat and alcohol intake. TSO (London: 2003).

2 Gregory J, Lowe S, Bates CJ, Prentice A, Jackson LV, Smithers G, Wenlock R and Farron M. National Diet and Nutrition Survey: young people aged four to 18 years. Volume 1: Report of the diet and nutrition survey (2000). TSO (London: 2000).

3 Finch S, Doyle W, Lowe C, Bates CJ, Prentice A, Smithers G and Clarke PC. National Diet and Nutrition Survey: people aged 65 years or over. Volume 1: Report of the diet and nutrition survey. TSO (London: 1998).