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VAZQUEZ, Marisa Beatriz; WITRIW, Alicia Magdalena  y  REYES TOSO, Carlos. Preliminary study on dietary intake among students in the careers of medicine and architecture at the University of Buenos Aires. Diaeta [online]. 2010, vol.28, n.131, pp.14-17. ISSN 1852-7337.

To have a healthy diet, the consumption of a wide variety of foods which include most nutrients is recommended. Dietary intake is calculated using different estimation methods. In this regard, it was considered important to know the dietary intake of medicine and architecture students, from the record of three consecutive days (number of respondents = 40). The ideal total caloric value was higher than the total caloric value consumed in 85% of the cases for medicine students, while for architecture students that percentage dropped to 75%. 95% of women and 84% of men surveyed had an average daily calcium intake of less than 1000 mg. Women had an average intake of 8.4 mg Fe, whereas in males the value was 13.1 mg. Vitamin C average daily intake was less than 45 mg in 75% of women and 40% of men.  Most respondents had a low consumption of fruits and vegetables. The percentage of simple sugars consumed by medicine students in relation to total caloric value was 16.9% in the female sample and 17.7% in the male sample. In architecture students, said percentage was 19.6% for women and 19.6% for men. According to these results, is important to highlight that nutrition education should focus on healthy eating, and to coordinate strategies with people responsible for the administration of university canteens so that they offer healthy meals at reasonable costs that enable students to consume them, as they must stay outside their homes a significant amount of time.

Palabras clave : Dietary intake; Dietary records; College students.

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