Macro and Micro-Nutrients Intake, Food Groups Consumption and Dietary Habits among Female Students in Isfahan University of Medical Sciences

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L Azadbakht 1 , * , A Esmaillzadeh 2

1 Department of Nutrition, School of Public Health, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, [email protected], Iran

2 Department of Nutrition, School of Public Health, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Iran

How to Cite: Azadbakht L, Esmaillzadeh A. Macro and Micro-Nutrients Intake, Food Groups Consumption and Dietary Habits among Female Students in Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Iran Red Crescent Med J. Online ahead of Print ; 14(4):204-209.

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Iranian Red Crescent Medical Journal: 14 (4); 204-209
Article Type: Research Article
Received: August 29, 2011
Accepted: December 14, 2011

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Abstract

Background: Improving the dietary intake among different groups and population is important for improving the health status. This study determines the nutrients and food group intake as well as dietary habits among female students in Isfahan University of Medical Sciences.

 

Methods: Two hundreds and eighty nine healthy female youths who were randomly selected among students of Isfahan University of Medical Sciences in Isfahan, Iran were enrolled. A validated semi quantitative food frequency questionnaire was used.

 

Results: Folate, iron, calcium and fiber intake were lower than the recommended dietary allowances (RDA) amounts (70, 76, 90, 56% of RDA, respectively). Forty five percent of the population consumed fast foods 2 times a week and 35% used the frying oils for cooking most of the time.

 

Conclusion: Female youths had lower amount of some micronutrients. Consuming frying oils, hydrogenated vegetable oils, and fast food intake should be limited among this group.

Keywords

Dietary intake Dietary habit Macronutrient Micronutrient Student Female

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