I'm interested in data on people's eating habits. Ideally this would be a "food journal" type of thing that has data from individuals showing what they ate at what times/days. Ideally it also would include information like whether they were eating at home or at a restaurant. As always, I'm interested in data at as fine a level of granularity as possible, so I'd prefer a dataset of individual records of individual people's individual meals/snacks rather than aggregated data showing how much people in some group ate on average.

Any ideas on where I can obtain such data?


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The UK has done a family food survey for a number of years. It breaks down food categories and percentage of consumption. Has national, region, urban, rural, by age, by income, etc.


I've not review this USDA dataset, but the description seems to be what you are looking for:

USDA's National Household Food Acquisition and Purchase Survey (FoodAPS) is the first nationally representative survey of American households to collect unique and comprehensive data about household food purchases and acquisitions



The USDA is the place to look for food journal data: http://www.ars.usda.gov/Services/docs.htm?docid=13793

The NHANES has a food survey component:


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