Model Diets

Model diets are constructed from available information on food consumption and are designed to represent a typical diet for the population whose intake is to be considered. A model diet can be constructed that reflects the diet of the general population or a specified subpopulation. For example, it may be of interest to evaluate the subgroup of the population that has the highest consumption of foods of interest and/or high consumption in relation to body weight. Models are especially useful when the protein is present in multiple foods and the available consumption data do not capture the consumption of those foods. Models can be constructed that do not "double count" intakes.

Although model diets can be extremely useful, the models are only as good as the underlying data and assumptions, which should be stated for each model. Some examples of model diets can be found in the WHO/Global Environmental Monitoring Systems (GEMS) Food Total Diet studies.3435

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