Food consumption pattern of people is essential not only for assessing the nutritional status of the community but also for elucidating the food needs of the population. The study reveals the different aspects of food consumption pattern of tribes and non tribes. The food and nutrient intake did not meet the RDA. The intake of foods such as fruits, green leafy vegetables and milk was low in both communities and it did not meet even 50 per cent of RDA. The intake of cereals, pulses and roots and tubers met more than 60 per cent of the RDA. Since the intake of fruits, green leafy vegetables and milk were low; the nutrients such as calcium, vitamin A, vitamin C and iron were also low. Unscientific cooking methods were also observed which leads to leaching of nutrients.
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