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Revista Española de Nutrición Humana y Dietética

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


RODRIGUEZ, Holmes; RESTREPO, Luis Fernando  and  AMPARO URANGO, Luz. Characterization of meat product consumption in a college population of Medellin, Colombia. Rev Esp Nutr Hum Diet [online]. 2015, vol.19, n.2, pp.90-96. ISSN 2174-5145.

Introduction: Study of healthy lifestyles in college students, is part of institutional strategies to reduce prevalence of overweight and obesity. For this reason, the aim of this research was to characterize the consumption and knowledge of university students at Medellin, Colombia, related to consumption of meat products. Material and Methods: Sample size was 400 students, randomly selected according to the factors: gender, socioeconomic status and type of university (public or private), considering a confidence level of 95% and a maximum permissible error of 5%. Results: Chicken meat followed by fish as preferred meat, was found, lamb is the least preferred; higher consumption in males of fish, rabbit and goat was found (p<0.05). With regard to preferences about meat, higher preference by men (p<0.05) and by public universities (p <0.0001) was found. About meat nutritional value's knowledge, higher levels in women than men was found (p<0.05); students from lower socioeconomic status have the least knowledge about the properties of meat (P<0.05). Conclusions: Considering the low awareness of college students on the importance of eating meat, to implement education programs and intervention to improve dietary habits is necessary.

Keywords : Meat; College students; Socioeconomic status; Nutrition knowledge; Food preferences; Consumption habits.

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