Profiles of a healthful diet and its relationship to biomarkers in a population sample from Mediterranean southern France

Auteur(s) :
Dallongeville J., Astre CM., Durand MD., Gerber MJ., Michaud A., Romon MM., Scali JD.
Date :
Oct, 2000
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Adresse :
Groupe d'Epidemiologie Metabolique, Centre de Recherche en Cancerologie, Montpellier, France.

Sommaire de l'article

The failure of single-nutrient supplementation to prevent disease in intervention studies underlines the necessity to develop a holistic view of food intake. The objectives of this study were to devise a diet quality index (DQI) and identify biomarkers of multidimensional dietary behavior.

A nutrition survey was conducted in Mediterranean southern France by means of a food frequency questionnaire. The DQI was based on current dietary recommendations for prevention of diet-related diseases such as cardiovascular disease and some cancers. A second DQI included tobacco use.

Performed Spearman rank correlations, cross-classifications and intraclass correlations were computed between the DQI and biomarkers.

Of the 146 subjects, 10 had a healthful diet and 18 had a poor diet. Erythrocyte omega-3 fatty acids-eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA)-beta carotene, and vitamin E concentrations were lower and cholesterol concentrations were higher in the poor diet; the difference was significant for EPA and DHA and borderline significant for vitamin E. Significant correlation was found between the DQI and vitamin E (-0.12), EPA (-0.30), and DHA (-0.28), and beta carotene (-0.17) when tobacco use was considered, but not between the DQI and cholesterol. The correlation coefficient reached 0.58 (P0.01) for a composite index based on all biomarkers except cholesterol.

Subjects with a beta carotene levels greater thanl µmol/L, vitamin E greater than 30 µmol/L and EPA greater than 0.65% and DHA greater than 4% of fatty acids in erythrocytes were likely to have a healthful diet. Each biomarker indicated the quality of diet, but correlation was higher with a composite index.

Source : Pubmed