Branched-chain amino acid database integrated in MEDIPAD software as a tool for nutritional investigation of mediterranean populations

Sara Haydar, Thomas Paillot, Christophe Fagot, Yannick Cogne, Athanasios Fountas, Yildiz Tutuncu, Madalina Vintila, Agathocles Tsatsoulis, Pham Thanh Chi, Patrick Garandeau, Dan Chetea, Corin Badiu, Monica Gheorghiu, Dorina Ylli, Corinne Lautier, Morana Jarec, Louis Monnier, Christophe Normand, Jelena Šarac, Abdelhamid BarakatSasa Missoni, Michel Pugeat, Patrick Poucheret, Felicia Hanzu, Ramon Gomis, Josep Maria Macias, Serghey Litvinov, Elza Khusnutdinova, Catalina Poiana, Renato Pasquali, Davide Lauro, Giorgio Sesti, Vincenzo Trischitta, Sonia Abdelhak, Akila Zenati, Agron Ylli, Ilhan Satman, Timo Kanninen, Yves Rinato, Florin Grigorescu

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Branched-chained amino acids (BCAA) are essential dietary components for humans and can act as potential biomarkers for diabetes development. To efficiently estimate dietary intake, we developed a BCAA database for 1331 food items found in the French Centre d’Information sur la Qualité des Aliments (CIQUAL) food table by compiling BCAA content from international tables, published measurements, or by food similarity as well as by calculating 267 items from Greek, Turkish, Romanian, and Moroccan mixed dishes. The database embedded in MEDIPAD software capable of registering 24 h of dietary recalls (24HDR) with clinical and genetic data was evaluated based on archived 24HDR of the Saint Pierre Institute (France) from 2957 subjects, which indicated a BCAA content up to 4.2 g/100 g of food and differences among normal weight and obese subjects across BCAA quartiles. We also evaluated the database of 119 interviews of Romanians, Turkish and Albanians in Greece (27–65 years) during the MEDIGENE program, which indicated mean BCAA intake of 13.84 and 12.91 g/day in males and females, respectively, comparable to other studies. The MEDIPAD is user-friendly, multilingual, and secure software and with the BCAA database is suitable for conducting nutritional assessment in the Mediterranean area with particular facilities for food administration.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1392
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - Oct 1 2018


  • 24-h dietary recall
  • BCAA
  • Computer technology
  • Dietary assessment
  • Insulin resistance
  • Mediterranean
  • Metabolic syndrome
  • Nutrition
  • Web-based recalls

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Food Science
  • Nutrition and Dietetics


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