Study shows diets of low-income families often fall short in nutrition


Study shows diets of low-income families often fall short in nutrition

27 Jun 2011    

More than seven in 10 low-income families in a new UNL study struggled to reach adequate levels of nutrition in their diet, researchers said.

When asked to recall food choices from the previous day, only 28 percent of participating parents and caregivers reported meals with adequate amounts of nutrients like vitamins A and C, protein, calcium and iron, according to the study.

The work, which appears in the current edition of Family & Consumer Sciences Research Journal, measured more than 100 low-income families' eating patterns, and also examined their meals' nutritional value to determine how certain meal patterns could lead to more nutritious diets.


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