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ERIC Number: EJ807779
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 20
ISSN: ISSN-0017-8969
The Snacking Habits of Adolescents: Is Snack Food Necessary to Meet Dietary Recommendations?
Howard, Susan; Reeves, Sue
Health Education Journal, v64 n1 p51-57 2005
Objective: To investigate the role of snack foods in the diets of adolescents in relation to recommendations. Design: A quantitative study whereby the food intakes of 28 adolescents aged 11-14 years were recorded for three consecutive days. Setting: A secondary school in South West London. Methods: Food intake was recorded using food diaries and the computer package CompEat-5.ANOVA and T-tests were used to identify significant differences. Results: Snack foods made significant (p less than 0.001) contributions to all nutrients. However increased saturated fat intakes were beyond acceptable levels. Boys had higher intakes of all nutrients, with the exception of calcium, and significantly (p less than 0.01) greater intakes of iron and zinc. Conclusion: Without compromising the benefits of snack foods, health promotion strategies need to be designed to reduce adolescent intakes of fat and sugar. (Contains 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom; United Kingdom (England)