Paper: Assessing Diet Quality: Results from a Systematic Review of Indices


by A4NH | January 26, 2020

As food systems transform, particularly in low- and middle-income countries, a critical question is whether these transforming systems can provide all the components of a healthy diet, including sufficient amounts of nutrients, ample diversity in foods eaten, and moderation in unhealthy foods or other dietary elements.

Diet quality indices provide useful information to policymakers, researchers, and other stakeholders about the state of the diet in a particular area, among certain populations, or with regard to certain characteristics being measured. But how available are these indices, and are their measurements consistent enough to be useful in cross-country or regional-level learning?

A4NH researchers with Wageningen University & Research and Bioversity International conducted a literature review on diet quality indices in low- and middle-income countries (LMIC) to determine what is available and what gaps exist, using their finding to also provide insights into what might be next steps in providing standardized metrics and measurements to better understand diet quality in LMICs and how it can be improved.

Their research was published in Nutrition Reviews in 2019.

Find the paper here: Diet quality indices for research in low- and middle-income countries: a systematic review

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