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Relative Validity of the HELIUS Food Frequency Questionnaire for Measuring Dietary Intake in Older Adult Participants of the Longitudinal Aging Study Amsterdam

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Department of Health Sciences, Amsterdam Public Health research institute, Faculty of Science, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, De Boelelaan 1085, 1081 HV Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Consumption and Healthy Lifestyles Group, Wageningen University & Research, Hollandseweg 1, 6706 KN Wageningen, The Netherlands
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Department of Public Health, Amsterdam UMC, Amsterdam Public Health Research Institute, University of Amsterdam, Meibergdreef 9, 1105 AZ Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Nutrients 2020, 12(7), 1998; https://doi.org/10.3390/nu12071998
Received: 9 June 2020 / Revised: 22 June 2020 / Accepted: 3 July 2020 / Published: 5 July 2020
(This article belongs to the Section Nutrition Methodology & Assessment)
The aim of this study was to determine the relative validity of the HEalthy LIfe in an Urban Setting (HELIUS) food frequency questionnaire (FFQ) in assessing the dietary intake of energy, nutrients, and food groups of Dutch older men and women. In 2014–2015, 88 participants of the Longitudinal Aging Study Amsterdam aged 71.9 (SD 8.6) years completed the 238-item HELIUS FFQ and three 24-hour dietary recalls. The mean group-level bias in the intakes of energy, nutrients, and food groups between the two methods was assessed, as well as Pearson’s correlation coefficients and level of agreement using quintile distribution. For the intakes of energy and macronutrients, the group-level bias was ≤5%, Pearson’s correlation coefficients were moderate to good (ranging from 0.26 for total fat to 0.72 for alcohol), and agreement was moderate to high (classification in same or adjacent quintile ranging from 63% for energy, protein, and carbohydrate to 91% for alcohol). For most micronutrients and food groups, the relative validity was moderate (Pearson’s correlation coefficients between 0.3 and 0.5), with the lowest correlations for β-carotene (0.08), vitamin B1 (0.19), fish (0.14), and grains (0.24). In conclusion, for energy and macronutrients, most micronutrients, and most food groups, the relative validity of the HELIUS FFQ to assess dietary intake in Dutch older adults was acceptable to good. View Full-Text
Keywords: validation; elderly; FFQ; 24-hour recall; diet assessment validation; elderly; FFQ; 24-hour recall; diet assessment
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Visser, M.; Elstgeest, L.E.M.; Winkens, L.H.H.; Brouwer, I.A.; Nicolaou, M. Relative Validity of the HELIUS Food Frequency Questionnaire for Measuring Dietary Intake in Older Adult Participants of the Longitudinal Aging Study Amsterdam. Nutrients 2020, 12, 1998.

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