Skip to main content

Use of `light' foods and drinks in French adults: biological, anthropometric and nutritional correlates

Buy Article:

The full text article is temporarily unavailable.

We apologise for the inconvenience. Please try again later.


A population of over 12 000 mature subjects participated in a longitudinal study (8 years) of nutrition and health (the Su.Vi.Max Study). In this context, a specific cross-sectional study was carried out in a randomly selected subpopulation.Aim

To identify anthropometric, nutritional and biochemical correlates of spontaneous use of `light' foods and drinks in a free-living population.Design

Men (n=2299) and women (n=1979), 45–60 years, reported their food intakes over six non-consecutive days. Consumers of low-fat and low-sugar foods and drinks, and artificial sweeteners, were compared with non-consumers.Results

Users of low-sugar products were heavier than non-users; female consumers of low-fat products, but not males, had higher body weight and BMI than non-consumers. Users of low-sugar products had higher triacylglycerols and glycaemia than non-users while biochemical parameters were not different in users and non-users of low-fat products. Use of low-sugar products led to increased diet density of a few micronutrients, including cholesterol. Low-fat product selection was associated with increased intake of most micronutrients, both in absolute value and in density.Conclusions

In mature adults, selection of fat-reduced products was associated with improved quality of the diet, while anthropometric and biological parameters appeared less favourable in consumers of low-sugar products vs. non-consumers. The longitudinal follow-up of the cohort in future years will help determine cause-and-effect relationships among these parameters.
No References
No Citations
No Supplementary Data
No Article Media
No Metrics

Keywords: `light' foods; anthropometry; artificial sweeteners; low fat; micronutrient; nutritional density

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 01 June 2001

  • Access Key
  • Free content
  • Partial Free content
  • New content
  • Open access content
  • Partial Open access content
  • Subscribed content
  • Partial Subscribed content
  • Free trial content
Cookie Policy
Cookie Policy
Ingenta Connect website makes use of cookies so as to keep track of data that you have filled in. I am Happy with this Find out more