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Fruit and vegetables purchases in socioeconomically different areas in the city of Santos, SP.

Grant number: 11/18857-0
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Scientific Initiation
Effective date (Start): December 01, 2011
Effective date (End): November 30, 2012
Field of knowledge:Health Sciences - Nutrition - Nutritional Analysis of Population
Principal researcher:Paula Andrea Martins
Grantee:Thaís Mitestainer Furlani
Home Institution: Instituto de Saúde e Sociedade (ISS). Universidade Federal de São Paulo (UNIFESP). Campus Baixada Santista. Santos , SP, Brazil


The consumption of fruits and vegetables (FV) have a key role in providing a diversified and nutritious diet. The low consumption of these food groups in the diet increases the risk of chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease and some cancers. The objective of this project is to investigate the household availability of FV in the city of Santos, assessing the quantities purchased are sufficient to ensure availability of intra-familial 400g per capta per day and the influence of socioeconomic factors on the acquisition of this food group. The study is part of the research project AMBNUT, which was partially cross-sectional and ecological, for which they interviewed 530 mothers of children up to ten years. We assessed socioeconomic data of households and a questionnaire was to acquire 25 food groups during the month preceding the interview, including fruits and vegetables. Were simultaneously assessed the availability, price and quality of food businesses in the regions housing the families. In the present project will be conducted descriptive analysis on food purchases, comparing the amount of FLV purchased between households in different parts of the city, using the Kruskal-Wallis and chi-square test. The effect of socioeconomic factors and food prices on FV purchases will be investigated with the use of multiple regression models. We expect that the results obtained may contribute to the design of interventions to increase the availability and consumption of FLV.

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