Dietary intake of pilots in the Israeli Air Force

Aliza H. Stark, Neta Weis, Leah Chapnik, Erez Barenboim, Ram Reifen

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The purpose of this study was to evaluate the dietary intake of pilots in the Israeli Air Force and to determine whether reported consumption met the Military Dietary Reference Intakes. Thirty-one pilots completed a 24-hour dietary recall and physical activity questionnaire. Blood parameter values were collected from medical records. Results showed that energy-adjusted sample mean intakes of nutrients met the military recommendations with the exceptions of dietary fiber (53% of the recommended level) and calcium (84% of the recommended level). Macronutrient distribution of energy was 17% from protein, 47% from carbohydrate, and 36% from fat. Although saturated fat consumption was not more than 10% of energy, cholesterol consumption was well above the 300 mg/d presently recommended. For all pilots, blood parameter values were in the normal range. Overall, the diet of Israeli pilots was found to be well balanced, but negative dietary patterns (i.e., high cholesterol intake and low fiber intake) characteristic of the general population were observed in this group.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)780-784
Number of pages5
JournalMilitary Medicine
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 2008


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