Netherlands NFCS Older Adults National Food Consumption Database

The Dutch National Food Consumption Food Consumption Database is a dataset on food consumption across Older Adults 2010-2012.

Dutch National Food Consumption Survey

What is DNFCS 2010-2012 Older Adults?

The Dutch National Food Consumption Survey 2010-2012, Older adults was a large survey conducted by the Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment to measure the food consumption patterns and dietary behaviour of the community-dwelling elderly population in the age of 70 years and older in the Netherlands. The survey was conducted from October 2010 to February 2012. Special focus was given in the survey to the intake of vegetables, fruits, fish and fluids; and the percentage of the aged population that comply with the recommended amounts of energy,  vitamin B2, B6, B12, C and D, folic acid, folate and calcium.

The DNFCS 2010-2012 survey population consisted of community-dwelling men and women in the Netherlands, aged 70 and over, irrespective of their nationalities. This study population represents approximately 10% of the total Dutch population. Institutionalised individuals, people without sufficient command of the Dutch language, terminally ill people and those in need of a high level of care, and those deemed unable to complete the survey were excluded from participation. The population represented a community-dwelling fraction of the Dutch population.

General background information and food consumption data were gathered from a total of 720 individuals: 360 men and 360 women. The survey population was scattered over 15 different municipalities in the Netherlands and was distributed to geographic regions and address densities. The population registry from each municipality was used to draw the survey population. 


The DNFCS older adult survey participants were provided with written information on the survey, and upon their consent, further appointments were made with a project co-operator. The data collection and related fieldwork were conducted by trained dieticians. For the survey, participating individuals were requested to fill up a food diary on two different agreed days. The diary, in its completion, was used as a memory aid during the 24-hour recall; and participants were asked to not change their dietary patterns during the study if possible. Telephone contact was made with the participants to assist them in filling up the food diary and to confirm for the 24-hour recall. Two home visits were made by the trained survey conductors and a general questionnaire was used to collect the information. During the first home visit, information was collected on food and lifestyle habits, general health and cognitive ability, the food diary was checked and food and cooking equipment were recorded. In the second home visit, data on height, weight, upper arm and waist circumferences were gathered. The gathered data was then recorded with computer-controlled software (EPIC-Soft®, IARC).

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How do I access the Dutch National Food Consumption Survey older adults 2010-2012 database?

The DNFCS-Older adults data are made available in different formats and are divided by sub-characteristics such as food groups, intake of energy and nutrients, the contribution of food groups to the intake of energy and nutrients, and consumption of fortified and artificially sweetened foods, intake of macro and micronutrients. 

The datasets can be accessed from the following webpage:

Different subgroups of data are as listed below:


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How is the Dutch National Food Consumption Survey - Young adults older adults 2010-2012 database used by companies and organisations?

The DNFCS-Older adults is one of the comprehensive survyes done in the Netherlands for the elderly population. The available datasets can be used for research, policy planning, food production and health monitoring in the following ways:

  • To view general information about the participants (age, birth date, height, weight)
  • To gather information on the food consumption time, place and the main food products eaten
  • To establish the intake of vitamin and mineral supplements in the study age group
  • To check the quantities of energy and macronutrients and to ensure whether the dietary recommendations are met
  • To describe the quantity and quality of major food items consumed by the study group
  • To determine whether the average elderly diet complies with the recommended levels of energy, vitamin B2, B6, B12, C and D, folic acid, folate and calcium.


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