Fruit Consumption Pattern and its Determinants among College Going Girls in Alappuzha

Publication Date : 10/11/2015

Author(s) :

Bhagya D , Shafna S.

Volume/Issue :
Volume 1
Issue 11
(11 - 2015)

Abstract :

A joint WHO/FAO expert consultation report on diet, nutrition and prevention of chronic diseases sets population nutrient goals and recommends intake of minimum gram of 400 g of fruits per day. Fresh fruits are rich sources of micronutrients and macronutrients with myriad of health benefits. The study aims to find the fruit consumption pattern and awareness among college going girls. Majority (68.57%)were not having daily consumption of fruits as influenced by family fruit intake, income and level of education. Majority (51.42%) were only having 50-60g of fruit/day which was far below the RDA indicating their poor nutritional status and serious concern. More girls (51.4%) were preferring citrus fruits due to its juiceness. Body fat and fruit intake was negatively correlated. Banana was the most commonly consumed fruit as it is economical. The major determinants influencing fruit consumption among college going girls was found to be convenience (28.57%), taste (25.71%), price (17.14%) colour (8.57%) and smell (5.71).42.85% girls were not having awareness on nutritional benefits of fruit intake which suggests the need for intervention programmes in future. Key Words: Fruit consumption, college girls, determinants, frequency, awareness

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