Our objectives were to quantify the intrahousehold distribution of food in an Andean community and to relate this distribution to dietary adequacy. Dietary information was collected using the 24-hour-recall method (n=155 in 35 households; two or more recalls per subject). We found that food was served equitably (according to energy and protein requirements), yet the risk of inadequate intakes of our micronutrients was age-related. This was largely a function of age-based differences in micronutrient requirements per unbit of energy, rather than variations in composition of the diet. A simple reallotment of food to those with higher requirements will not solve this problem, since the micronutrient density of the average diet is relatively low. Targeting of nutrient-dense foods would be difficult in this and other similar developing-world communities that are accustomed to a common pot from which foods of homogeneous composition are served. Feasible alternatives include nutrition education programmes and fortification of foods (salt, sugar, and oil) with micronutrients.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||11|
|Journal||Food and Nutrition Bulletin|
|State||Published - Dec 1 1997|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Geography, Planning and Development
- Nutrition and Dietetics