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Isoflavone intake in four different European countries : The VENUS approach

Author: Erp-Baart, M.A.J. van · Brants, H.A.M. · Kiely, M. · Mulligan, A. · Turrini, A. · Sermoneta, C. · Kilkkinen, A. · Valsta, L.M.
Institution: Centraal Instituut voor Voedingsonderzoek TNO
Source:British Journal of Nutrition, SUPPL. 1, 89
Identifier: 237119
Keywords: Nutrition Toxicology · Food and Chemical Risk Analysis · Daidzein · Genistein · Oestrogen-like compounds · Daidzein · Genistein · Isoflavone · Age · Asian · Data base · Diet · Female · Food composition · Health survey · Human · Information processing · Ireland · Italy · Male · Netherlands · Physiology · Sex difference · Soybean · United Kingdom · Adolescent · Child · Europe · Factual database · Infant · Middle aged · Preschool child · Statistics · Glycine max · Adult


The aim of this study was to identify the level of isoflavone intake (total isoflavones, daidzein and genistein) in four European countries: Ireland, Italy, The Netherlands and the UK. For this purpose national food composition databases of isoflavone content were created in a comparable way, using the Vegetal Estrogens in Nutrition and the Skeleton (VENUS) analytical database as a common basis, and appropriate food consumption data were selected. The isoflavone intake in Ireland, Italy, The Netherlands and the UK is on average less than 1 mg/d. Small groups of consumers of soya foods could be identified in Ireland, The Netherlands and the UK. The estimated intake levels are low compared with those found in typical Asian diets (∼20-100 mg/d) and also low compared with levels where physiological effects are expected (60-100 mg/d). The results (including a subgroup analysis of soya product consumers) showed that such levels are difficult to achieve with the European diets studied here. Chemicals/CAS: daidzein, 486-66-8; genistein, 446-72-0; isoflavone, 574-12-9; daidzein, 486-66-8; Genistein, 446-72-0; Isoflavones