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Evaluation of New Technology-Based Tools for Dietary Intake Assessment—An ILSI Europe Dietary Intake and Exposure Task Force Evaluation

Nestlé Research, Vers-chez-les-Blanc, 1000 Lausanne 26, Switzerland
Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences, University of Oxford, Oxford OX2 6GG, UK
College of Health Sciences, Polytechnic Institute UniLaSalle Beauvais, 60026 Beauvais, France
Institute of Food and Health, University College Dublin, Dublin D04 V1W8, Ireland
Centre of Research Excellence in Nutrition and Metabolism, Institute for Medical Research, University of Belgrade, Belgrade 11000, Serbia
Division of Human Nutrition and Health, Wageningen University, 6708WE Wageningen, The Netherlands
School of Food Science and Nutrition, University of Leeds, Leeds LS2 9JT, UK
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Nutrients 2019, 11(1), 55;
Received: 27 November 2018 / Revised: 20 December 2018 / Accepted: 25 December 2018 / Published: 28 December 2018
Background: New technology-based dietary assessment tools, including Web-based programs, mobile applications, and wearable devices, may improve accuracy and reduce costs of dietary data collection and processing. The International Life Sciences Institute (ILSI) Europe Dietary Intake and Exposure Task Force launched this project to evaluate new tools in order to recommend general quality standards for future applications. Methods: A comprehensive literature search identified technology-based dietary assessment tools, including those published in English from 01/2011 to 09/2017, and providing details on tool features, functions and uses. Each of the 43 tools identified (33 for research and 10 designed for consumer use) was rated on 25 attributes. Results: Most of the tools identified (79%) relied on self-reported dietary intakes. Most (91%) used text entry and 33% used digital images to help identify foods. Only 65% had integrated databases for estimating energy or nutrients. Fewer than 50% contained any features of customization and about half generated automatic reports. Most tools reported on usability or reported validity compared with another assessment method (77%). A set of Best Practice Guidelines was developed for reporting dietary assessment tools using new technology. Conclusions: Dietary assessment methods that utilize technology offer many advantages for research and are often preferable to consumers over more traditional methods. In order to meet general quality standards, new technology tools require detailed publications describing tool development, food identification and quantification, customization, outputs, food composition tables used, and usability/validity testing. View Full-Text
Keywords: dietary assessment; mobile technologies; Web-based technologies dietary assessment; mobile technologies; Web-based technologies
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Eldridge, A.L.; Piernas, C.; Illner, A.-K.; Gibney, M.J.; Gurinović, M.A.; De Vries, J.H.; Cade, J.E. Evaluation of New Technology-Based Tools for Dietary Intake Assessment—An ILSI Europe Dietary Intake and Exposure Task Force Evaluation. Nutrients 2019, 11, 55.

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