Estimation of Starch and Sugar Intake in a Japanese Population Based on a Newly Developed Food Composition Database

Nutrients. 2018 Oct 10;10(10):1474. doi: 10.3390/nu10101474.


Due to a lack of a food composition database on starch and sugars, we developed a comprehensive database on starch and seven types of sugars in commonly consumed foods (n = 2222) in Japan. Dietary record data of 368 toddlers (aged 18⁻35 months), 376 preschool children (aged 3⁻6 years), 915 schoolchildren (aged 8⁻14 years) and 392 adults (aged 20⁻69 years) were used. The mean starch intake ranged from 55.6 g/day (female toddlers) to 206.0 g/day (male schoolchildren). Irrespective of age and sex, >50% of starch was provided by rice and grains. The mean total sugar intake ranged from 46.1 g/day (female toddlers) to 68.7 g/day (male schoolchildren). In all age and sex groups, the major contributors of total sugar included sucrose (mean: 18.2⁻34.0 g/day), glucose (7.8⁻13.1 g/day), lactose (5.3⁻13.1 g/day) and fructose (7.6⁻11.1 g/day). The top food sources were dairy products (toddlers) and confectionaries (other age groups) for total sugar, confectionaries for sucrose, fruits (toddlers) and vegetables (other age groups) for glucose, dairy products for lactose and fruits (toddlers and preschool children) and vegetables (schoolchildren and adults) for fructose. In conclusion, this study clarified the starch and sugar intake in Japan and provides a foundation for future research.

Keywords: Japan; dietary survey; epidemiology; saccharide; starch; sugar.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Databases, Factual
  • Diet Records*
  • Diet Surveys / methods*
  • Dietary Sugars / administration & dosage
  • Dietary Sugars / analysis*
  • Energy Intake
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Japan
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Starch / administration & dosage
  • Starch / analysis*
  • Young Adult


  • Dietary Sugars
  • Starch