Irish Journal of Medical Science

, Volume 156, Issue 3, pp 83–89 | Cite as

Nutrient intakes in Ireland in 1980: Estimates derived from household expenditure on food

  • P. K. Upton
  • M. J. Gibney


DATA on expenditure on 125 food items in the Household Budget Survey 1980 was used to estimate nutrient consumption. Daily per capita intakes of energy, protein, fat, carbohydrates, fibre, starch and sugars were respectively 12.0MJ, 90.4g, 114.8g, 390.5g, 23.3g, 224.4g and 158.1g. Average daily consumption of vitamins were: retinol, 1069ug; carotene, 2442ug; vitamin D, 1.87ug; thiamin, 1.85 mg; riboflavin, 2.05mg; nicotinic acid, 19.0mg; vitamin C, 75.9mg; vitamin E, 4.76ug; vitamin B6, 1.9ug; vitamin B12, 7.59ug; free folate, 121ug; total folate, 220ug; pantothenic acid, 5.9ug; biotin, 26.3ug. Mineral consumption per person per day (in mg) were: Na, 4984; K, 4132; Ca, 1133; Mg, 340; P, 1513; Fe, 14; Cu, 2; Zn, 14; S, 751; Cl, 7826. Average daily intakes of the major fatty acids were: C12:0, 2.5g; C14:0, 6.9g; C16:0, 25.8g; C18:0, 12.3g; C16:1, 3.1g; C18:1, 33.0g; C18:2, 6.5g; C18:3, 1.3g. The P/S ratio was 0.16. Intakes of 18 amino acids varied between 1.2–20.2g/capita/d. The intakes of each essential amino acid was more than twice the recommended amounts. 3 staples, flour/bread, milk and potatoes account for more than 40% of dietary energy, protein, fibre, K, Ca, Mg, P, Fe, vitamins B6 and C, thiamin, riboflavin, folate, pantothenic acid and biotin.


Folate Thiamin Riboflavin Nicotinic Acid Retinol 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • P. K. Upton
    • 1
  • M. J. Gibney
    • 2
  1. 1.Faculty of Veterinary MedicineUniversity CollegeBallsbridge, Dublin 4
  2. 2.Division of Nutritional Sciences, Department of Clinical MedicineTrinity College Medical School, St. James’s HospitalDublin 8

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