Targeting the obesity problem: seeking new insights and routes to prevention
||Contract no. FP6-513946 Priority 5: Food Quality and Safety|
Pan-European Weight Loss Study
A research supermarket for the weight loss study exists in Copenhagen (Denmark) and one has been constructed in Maastricht (the Netherlands). Each centre has recruited between 70-90 families. Families participating in the study in these two centres have "shopped" for all their food in these supermarkets, which have been like normal supermarkets with fresh, frozen and shelved products. Approximately 1000 different food items were stocked, which covered the most common foods, and which varied according to season and to national preferences. All food from the supermarkets were provided free of charge.
The advantage of this special facility
has been that
a database of all the foods and their nutrient composition has been established,
so that when each family shopped, a very accurate record of the nutrient
composition of their diet was obtained as each food was "scanned" at the "checkout".
We have been very grateful to all our sponsors and suppliers who have provided food and products for the supermarkets free of charge - find out who they are here.
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