Intake of ruminant trans-fatty acids, assessed by diet history interview, and changes in measured body size, shape and composition

Camilla P. Hansen, Berit L. Heitmann, Thorkild I. A. Sorensen, Kim Overvad, Marianne Uhre Jakobsen

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Objective: Studies have suggested that total intake of trans-fatty acids (TFA) is positively associated with changes in body weight. and waist circumference, whereas intake of TFA from ruminant dairy and meat products (R-7ITA) has not been associated with weight gain. IIowever, these previous studies are limited by self-reported measures of body weight and waist circumference or by a cross-sectional design. The objective of the present study was to investigate if R-TFA intake was associated with subsequent changes in anthropometry (body weight, waist and hip circumference) measured by technicians and body composition (body fat percentage). Design: A 6-year follow-up study. Information on dietary intake was collected through diet history interviews, and anthropometric and bioelectrical impedance measurements were obtained by trained technicians at baseline (1987-1988) and at follow-up (1993-1994). Multiple regression with cubic spline modelling was used to analyse the data. Setting,: Copenhagen County, II)entnark. Subjects: Two hundred and sixty-seven men and women aged 35-65 years from the Danish MONICA (MONltoring of trends and determinants in CArdiovascular diseases) cohort. Results: The median R-TFA intake was 1.3 g/d (5th, 95th percentile: 0.1, 2.7 g/d) or 06% of the total energy intake (5th, 95th percentile: 0.2, 1.1 %). No significant associations were observed between R-TFA intake and changes in body weight, waist and hip circumference or body fat percentage. Conclusions: R-TFA intake within the range present in the Danish population was not significantly associated with subsequent changes in body size, shape or composition and the 95% confidence intervals indicate that any relevant associations are unlikely to have produced these observations.
Original languageEnglish
JournalPublic Health Nutrition
Issue number4
Pages (from-to)494-502
Number of pages9
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • Trans-fatty acids
  • Ruminants
  • Anthropometry
  • Body composition


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