Assessment of nutritional profiles: A novel system based on a comprehensive approach

Francesco Visioli, Andrea Poli, Andrea Peracino, Livio Luzi, Carlo Cannella, Rodolfo Paoletti

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The prevalence of non-communicable diseases (for example, cardiovascular disorders, type 2 diabetes and cancer) is rampant in Western societies, accounting for approximately 60% of all causes of death. A large proportion of non-communicable diseases can be prevented through appropriate diets and lifestyles. Accordingly, several health authorities and regulatory bodies are assessing the nutritional profiles of food items and whole diets, to implement guidelines aimed at improving the diet of the general population. While a global approach is desirable, the need of individuals to maintain their distinct dietary habits must also be taken into account. The portion sizes of food as well as pattern of food consumption, for example during or between the main meals, are very important in determining the nutritional profile of a diet. A novel method to assess the nutritional profile of foods is being proposed and made available on-line. Its main innovative aspects are (1) the comprehensive manner with which the system analyses and computes a great range of features of individual food items and (2) the distinction among eating occasions, namely during or in-between the main meals. Moreover, this approach allows for rapid modification and great flexibility to suit individual needs and gastronomic habits.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1101-1107
Number of pages7
JournalBritish Journal of Nutrition
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2007


  • Dietary modification
  • Disease prevention
  • Eating behaviour
  • Nutritional profiles

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)


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