Availability of foods and beverages in nationally representative samples of Portuguese households from 1990 to 2000: the DAFNE initiative
The assessment of food consumption in clinical practice is often carried out to develop and implement nutritional advice. Factors as the patient health conditions, the evolution of his/her clinical condition as well as the reasons that motivated the search for advice will guide the selection of the best method of assessment of food consumption or nutrient intake to employ. The chosen method might drive the professional to offer a food plan that aims to promote health, to prevent illness, and to alter the nutritional state of the patient. Despite the easily available national literature on methods and techniques to estimate food consumption, it is not uncommon that professionals still have doubts about what methods are the most appropriated in daily practice. This study aimed to present a critical analysis, taking into account the clinical applicability, of the food assessment methods and its characteristics.