Dietary Intakes

Dietary intake assessment at the population level is the cornerstone of developing evidence-based and comprehensive national nutrition guidelines. Identifying dietary intakes and the eating patterns of Canadians is also important for outlining targeted strategies to prevent or mitigate the effect of chronic diseases in Canada.


The overarching goal of our dietary intakes research at the L’Abbé Lab is to gain a better understanding of the current state of dietary intake and diet quality among different population subgroups in Canada, and to critically evaluate dietary factors and their combinations (i.e. dietary patterns) responsible for the risk of obesity and other chronic diseases (e.g. cardiovascular diseases and type II diabetes) at the population level. With the findings generated from our lab, we work with policymakers, non-profit organizations and the academic sector to position crucial evidence on Canadians’ dietary intakes at the forefront of policymaking and public health program creation.


The L’Abbé Lab has conducted several studies to evaluate the dietary intakes of Canadians, critically evaluate dietary guidelines, and address the potential errors inherent in self-reported dietary intakes in the context of obesity research.

Some of our more recent academic publications include:

Currently, we are assessing the beverage intakes of the national population. More studies regarding analyses of national nutrition surveys are underway.