Background: This study aimed to describe the food and nutrient intake of healthy individuals and to evaluate the relation of the dietary patterns with the development of the metabolic syndrome. Methods: Usual dietary patterns were assessed in the Lipid and Glucose under prospective surveillance of 1.962 individuals by a self-administered semi quantitative food frequency questionnaire. Energy, nutrient intakes, food patterns, the use of supplements, artificial sweeteners, sugar substitutes and dietetic foods were calculated stratified by gender and age. Results: In young men, we identified food patterns dominated by meat, refined grains and high-fat dairy products. Food pattern for men and women at higher age showed highest intakes of fish, fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, wholemeal products and tea. Overall reported use of supplements, artificial sweeteners, sugar substitutes, dietetic foods was higher in women than in men. Conclusions: The study shows a protective dietary pattern for women and higher intakes of desirable foods in the elderly.