Relative validity of the food frequency questionnaire used to assess dietary intake in the Leiden Longevity Study

M.T. Streppel, J.H.M. de Vries, S. Meyboom, M. Beekman, A.J.M. Craen, P.E. Slagboom, E.J.M. Feskens

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Abstract

Background - Invalid information on dietary intake may lead to false diet-disease associations. This study was conducted to examine the relative validity of the food frequency questionnaire (FFQ) used to assess dietary intake in the Leiden Longevity Study. Methods - A total of 128 men and women participating in the Leiden Longevity Study were included in the present validation study. The performance of the FFQ was evaluated using the mean of three 24-hour recalls as the reference method. Evaluation in estimating dietary intake at the group level was done by paired t-tests. The relative validity of the individual energy adjusted level of intake was assessed with correlation analyses (Pearson’s), with correction for measurement error. Results - On group level, the FFQ overestimated as well as underestimated absolute intake of various nutrients and foods. The Bland and Altman plot for total energy intake showed that the agreement between the FFQ and the 24-hour recalls was dependent of intake level. Pearson correlation coefficients ranged from 0.21 (alpha linolenic acid) to 0.78 (ethanol) for nutrients and from -0.02 (legumes, non-significant) to 0.78 (alcoholic beverages) for foods. Adjustment for energy intake slightly lowered the correlation coefficients for nutrients (mean coefficient: 0.48 versus 0.50), while adjustment for within-subject variation in the 24-h recalls resulted in higher correlation coefficients for both nutrients and foods (mean coefficient: 0.69 for nutrients and 0.65 for foods). Conclusions - For most nutrients and foods, the ability of the FFQ to rank subjects was acceptable to good.
Original languageEnglish
Article number75
Number of pages8
JournalNutrition Journal
Volume12
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013

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Food
Surveys and Questionnaires
Energy Intake
Alcoholic Beverages
alpha-Linolenic Acid
Validation Studies
Fabaceae
Ethanol
Diet

Keywords

  • basal metabolic-rate
  • energy-intake
  • goldberg cutoff
  • limitations
  • validation
  • markers
  • design

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Relative validity of the food frequency questionnaire used to assess dietary intake in the Leiden Longevity Study. / Streppel, M.T.; de Vries, J.H.M.; Meyboom, S.; Beekman, M.; Craen, A.J.M.; Slagboom, P.E.; Feskens, E.J.M.

In: Nutrition Journal, Vol. 12, 75, 2013.

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