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Nutrición Hospitalaria

On-line version ISSN 1699-5198Print version ISSN 0212-1611


NEIRA-MOSQUERA, Juan Alejandro; SANCHEZ-LLAGUNO, Sungey; PEREZ-RODRIGUEZ, Fernando  and  MORENO-ROJAS, Rafael. Assessment of the food patterns of immigrant Ecuadorian population in Southern Spain based on a 24-h food recall survey. Nutr. Hosp. [online]. 2015, vol.32, n.2, pp.863-871. ISSN 1699-5198.

Introduction: Ecuador is a country with limited nutritional information, with exception of some general studies supported by Food Agriculture Organization (FAO) Aims: to carry out a nutritional assessment of the diet of Ecuadorian immigrant population in Southern Spain to determine differences in food patterns and possible nutritional deficiencies. Methods: the nutritional assessment was based on a 24-h food recall survey applied to the Ecuadorian population residing in Seville and Córdoba (Spain) in combination with the application of national and international food composition data bases. Nutrient intake levels and fulfillment of Dietary Reference Intakes (DRIs) were estimated and statistically tested for social, sex, age and geographical factors. Results: macronutrient distributions and nutrient intake levels in relation with DRIs were adequate in most cases. Importantly, Ecuadorian food habits were still present in immigrant population, with rice being the main energy source. Intakes levels were significantly different for several nutrients depending on age group, sex, place of residence and professional occupation. Comparison with previous nutritional data from Ecuador revealed a better nutritional status of immigrant population in Spain, though deficiencies in fiber, vitamin E, I and Se were detected in the diet of both populations. Nevertheless, data for these deficiencies were insufficient to be conclusive given both limitations in the food composition data bases (e.g. Se) and the lack of more adequate information tools for its assessment (e.g. long-term studies for vitamin E). Conclusions: the results in the present study evidenced that Ecuadorian immigrants in Spain showed more adequate food patterns that those reported for Ecuador. These data can be helpful to get further insight into the nutritional value of Ecuadorian diet and develop suitable nutrition intervention.

Keywords : Ecuadorian diet; Food patterns; Dietary Reference Intakes; Immigration; Se; Folates; Vitamin E.

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