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Revista Española de Nutrición Humana y Dietética

On-line version ISSN 2174-5145Print version ISSN 2173-1292

Abstract

DURAN-AGUERO, Samuel et al. Characterization of street food consumption according to age, multicentric study. Rev Esp Nutr Hum Diet [online]. 2018, vol.22, n.3, pp.243-250.  Epub Feb 03, 2020. ISSN 2174-5145.  http://dx.doi.org/10.14306/renhyd.22.3.554.

Introduction

The consumption of street food has become widespread in many countries, however, the reasons for consumption and perceptions by consumers about the hygiene of such food are unknown. Objective: To describe the consumption, the reasons for consumption and the perceptions of consumers about street food according to age group.

Material and Methods

A survey of 15 questions was developed in Google Docs, adapted to each country, translated into Spanish or Portuguese and applied to 8895 people in 11 countries of Latin America (Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Portugal and Uruguay).

Results

53.6% of respondents indicate that they consume street food, the highest consumption (63.6%) occurs in the group of younger age (18-30 years), and decreases as age increases. The perception linked to dirtiness of food increases as age increases. On the other hand, as age increases, foods are preferred because they are tasty and they are available, in contrast to younger ones, where food is preferred due to economic factors and lack of time.

Conclusions

As age increases, the consumption of street food decreases, the perception of good hygiene of these foods changes and the reasons for consumption are modified.

Keywords : Food; Fast Foods; Food Safety; Food Handling; Hygiene; Urban Population; Latin America.

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