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ERIC Number: ED050837
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968-Jun
Pages: 129
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Nutritional Beliefs and Food Practices of Mexican-American Mothers.
Bowden, Shirley
In the locale of Hanford, California, this 1968 nutritional study was made to explore and evaluate the nutritional beliefs and food practices of Mexican American mothers among low-income agricultural working families. Some 35 mothers whose children attended the Hanford Child Day-Care Center were interviewed at home to determine family characteristics and food-buying and menu-planning practices. Open-ended questions provided information about dietary essentials and the mother's familiarity with the 4 basic daily foods. Results of the study are presented in the document in terms of grocery-buying and menu-planning, home food production and preservation, influence of Child Day-Care Center training, mother's 24-hour recall of her diet, a dietary questionnaire, and daily dietary essentials (folk beliefs, etc.). In summary, it is noted that (1) advanced planning of meals was not the rule, with the majority of mothers deciding on menus just before starting meal preparation; (2) approximately one-half of the families produced some type of food at home, and one-third preserved some food by canning; and (3) menu evaluation revealed deficiencies in milk, fruits, and vegetables. (AN)
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Note: Master's thesis submitted to Fresno State College, Fresno, California